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(Ask) #1

Miri has been around for a very long time since before the discovery of oil in 1910. What are the interesting historical photos of Miri?

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(Jackson Liaw) #2

Sharing some old gems posted at skyscrapercity.com:

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Miri Old Airport - 1968

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Miri Airport - 1988

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Miri District Office - 1972

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Miri Town - Jalan Raja - 1972

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Standard Chartered Bank - 1972

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Miri Town - Jalan High Street - 1971

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Miri Town - Jalan Melayu & Jalan Kingsway - 1972

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Miri Town - Jalan Bendahara (previously known as River Road) - 1972


(Jackson Liaw) #3

Good friends at MiriResortCity.com have collections of interesting articles about the old Miri:

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The Grand Old Lady

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Baram Ferry - 1950s

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Ensalai Railway

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Gymkhana Club Miri - GCM

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Lutong Airstrip

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Lutong Flood of 1980-1981

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Makam Permaisuri

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Miri Aerial View - 1980s-1990s

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Old Miri Airport

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Long Jetty

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Miri River Ferry

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Miri Recreation Club

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Resident Office

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Miri Open Air Market

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Choon Cheong Departmental Store

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Cathay Cinema

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Miri Theatre

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Piasau Bridge

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Jalan Bendahara (previously knows as River Road)

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Old General Hospital


(Jackson Liaw) #4

Impressive photos of Miri during the Second World War era by the Australian War Memorial which are now in the public domain:


MIRI, BORNEO. 24 JUNE 1945. THE TOWNSHIP OF MIRI, AS SEEN FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE MIRI RIVER.


MIRI, BORNEO, 6 JULY 1945. A PANORAMIC VIEW SHOWING THE LEFT SIDE OF THE MIRI RIVER AND PART OF THE TOWN OF MIRI. (JOINS PHOTOGRAPH NO 111433).


MIRI, BORNEO, 6 JULY 1945. A PANORAMIC VIEW SHOWING THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE MIRI RIVER AND PART OF THE TOWN OF MIRI. (JOINS PHOTOGRAPH NO 111432).


MIRI, BORNEO, 6 JULY 1945. A SECTION OF THE TOWN OF MIRI SHOWING WRECKED HOUSES AND WORKSHOPS.


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-06-23. THE WRECKAGE OF A JAPANESE SUPPLY DUMP NEAR THE MIRI RIVER FERRY.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 23 JUNE 1945. MEMBERS OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION, WHO HAVE REACHED MIRI HAVING A SHORT REST. NOTE OIL INSTALLATIONS IN BACKGROUND.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 23 JUNE 1945. MEMBERS OF B COMPANY, 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION ADVANCING ALONG THE PUJUT-MIRI ROAD TOWARDS MIRI. NOTE OIL WELLS ON EITHER SIDE OF ROAD.


MIRI, BORNEO, 1945-06-23. THE FERRY CROSSING AT MIRI RIVER. THE TOWN, NOW OCCUPIED BY MEMBERS OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION HAD A PEACE TIME POPULATION OF 10,000.


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. THE FORMER BRITISH ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING AT MIRI WHICH WAS BURNED OUT BY RETREATING JAPANESE. THE AREA IS NOW OCCUPIED BY MEMBERS OF 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 23 JUNE 1945. MEMBERS OF B COMPANY, 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION, ADVANCING ALONG THE PUJUT-MIRI ROAD TOWARDS MIRI. NOTE PERSONNEL USING AN OLD PRAM TO CARRY SOME OF THEIR RATIONS.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 23 JUNE 1945. A LOCAL CHINESE DIRECTING TROOPS OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION TO THE AREA WHERE HE LAST SAW THE RETREATING JAPANESE FORCES. THE UNIT IS ADVANCING ALONG THE PUJUT-MIRI ROAD TOWARDS MIRI.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 23 JUNE 1945. A JAPANESE SIGNBOARD AND BOMB SHATTERED BUILDINGS PASSED BY MEMBERS OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION, DURING THEIR ADVANCE ALONG THE PUJUT-MIRI ROAD TOWARDS MIRI.


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. THE FORMER BRITISH ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING AT MIRI WHICH WAS BURNED OUT BY RETREATING JAPANESE. THE AREA IS NOW OCCUPIED BY MEMBERS OF 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION.


MIRI-LUTONG AREA, BORNEO, 4 JULY 1945. A MEMBER OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION EXAMINING SOME OF THE WRECKED BUILDINGS AT MIRI, DEMOLISHED BY THE RETREATING JAPANESE.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 23 JUNE 1945. MEMBERS OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION, LOOKING AT A SMALL JAPANESE CEMETERY FOUND DURING THE UNIT ADVANCE TOWARDS MIRI.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 23 JUNE 1945. A MEMBER OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION LOOKING AT A SMALL JAPANESE CEMETERY FOUND DURING THE UNIT ADVANCE TOWARDS MIRI.


MIRI, BORNEO. 23 JUNE 1945. A MEMBER OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION CAREFULLY MOVING ROUND ST COLUMBA CHURCH OF ENGLAND IN MIRI, ON THE LOOKOUT FOR JAPANESE SNIPERS.


MIRI, BORNEO. 24 JUNE 1945. A SECTION OF THE CAMP AREA OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION ON THE BANKS OF THE MIRI RIVER. THE AMPHIBIOUS DUKW IN FOREGROUND IS TO CARRY A PATROL ON A RIVER RECONNAISSANCE ABOUT THE WHARVES AND MOUTH OF THE RIVER.


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-09-17. INTELLIGENCE OFFICER FROM 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION GIVING INSTRUCTIONS TO A JAPANESE LIEUTENANT ON THE RIAM ROAD NEAR MIRI.


MIRI, SARAWAK, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. A LOCAL FISHERMAN IN HIS BOAT ALONGSIDE THE JETTY.


MIRI, BORNEO. 23 JUNE 1945. A SECTION OF THE BOMB SHATTERED AND BURNT OUT OIL REFINERY NEAR THE TOWN.


MIRI, BORNEO, 6 JULY 1945. A SECTION OF THE INDUSTRIAL AREA OF THE TOWN THAT WAS WRECKED DURING THE ALLIED PRE INVASION BOMBARDMENT OF THE AREA.


MIRI, BORNEO. 23 JUNE 1945. A SECTION OF THE CHINESE QUARTER WHICH ESCAPED BOTH BOMB AND FIRE DAMAGE.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. PANORAMA VIEW OF THE AREA HELD BY THE JAPANESE LOOKING SOUTH WEST SHOWING LOAK BAY WITH LAMBAR HILLS IN BACKGROUND AND A SECTION OF RIAM ROAD RUNNING ALONG THE COAST.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. PANORAMA VIEW OF THE AREA HELD BY THE JAPANESE SHOWING PART OF RIAM ROAD IN FOREGROUND.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. PANORAMA VIEW OF THE AREA HELD BY THE JAPANESE SHOWING CANADA HILL IN BACKGROUND.


MIRI, SARAWAK. 1957. STARBOARD QUARTER VIEW OF THE DESTROYER HMAS ANZAC (II) (D59) MOORED FORE AND AFT FOR REFUELLING. (NAVAL HISTORICAL COLLECTION).


MIRI, BORNEO. 23 JUNE 1945. A MEMBER OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION MOVING THROUGH A BOMB SHATTERED AREA OF THE TOWN.


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. PRIVATE W. COFFEY, 3RD SECTION 13 PLATOON, C COMPANY, 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION, IN THE UNIT LOOKOUT POST ON RESIDENCY RIDGE OVERLOOKING LOAK BAY AND SURROUNDING TERRAIN.


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. A SECTION OF THE BURNT OUT JAPANESE PRISONER OF WAR COMPOUND IN 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION AREA.


LUTONG-MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 1945-08-27. A JAPANESE MACHINE GUN POST AND PILLBOX AT LUTONG IN 20TH INFANTRY BRIGADE AREA. NOTE HOW IT COVERS THE ROAD BOTH WAYS.


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. A JAPANESE SHELTER JUST OFF THE TRACK LEADING UP TO RESIDENCY RIDGE IN 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION AREA.


MIRI, SARAWAK, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. NATIVE CIVILIANS QUEUED UP FOR THEIR RATIONS AT THE LOCAL FISHMARKET IN 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION AREA.


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. OVER 300 NATIVES, MALAY AND JAVANESE, ESCAPED FROM THE JAPANESE AND ARE NOW IN THE BRITISH BORNEO CIVIL ADMINISTRATION COMPOUND. SHOWN ABOVE, A GROUP OF MEN TYPICAL OF THE MALNUTRITION CASES BEING TREATED AT THE COMPOUND.


LUTONG-MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 1945-08-27. AN OLD BRITISH BLOCKHOUSE SITUATED ON THE KUALA BARAM-LUTONG ROAD IN 20TH INFANTRY BRIGADE AREA. NOTE THE LOOPHOLE CHIPPED OUT BY THE JAPANESE WHEN THEY OCCUPIED THE AREA.


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. A SECTION OF THE BURNT OUT JAPANESE PRISONER OF WAR COMPOUND IN 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION AREA. IT IS BELIEVED THAT APPROXIMATELY THIRTY MEN WERE KEPT IN THIS COMPOUND.


MIRI, BORNEO. 23 JUNE 1945. PRIVATE N CRAIN, 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION, TALKING TO A CHINESE SCHOOL TEACHER IN THE CHINESE QUARTER OF THE TOWN.


MIRI, BORNEO, 1945-06-23. A MEMBER OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION WALKING PAST THE ENTRANCE TO THE GROUNDS OF THE LOCAL SIKH TEMPLE.


MIRI, BORNEO, 6 JULY 1945. LOCAL NATIVES USING A SMALL CART TO BRING THEIR HOUSEHOLD GOOD BACK TO TOWN AFTER THE AREA WAS TAKEN OVER BY 20 INFANTRY BRIGADE.


LUTONG AREA, BORNEO, 4 JULY 1945. THE MIRI RIVER FERRY WITH A 3 TON TRUCK OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION ABOARD APPROACHING THE JETTY.


MIRI, BORNEO. 24 JUNE 1945. MEMBERS OF THE RAN AND 9 PLATOON, A COMPANY, 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION, LEAVING THE GROUNDS OF THE GOVERNOR’S RESIDENCE. THEY ARE ON PATROL SEARCHING FOR JAPANESE SNIPERS.


MIRI, BORNEO, 6 JULY 1945. A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE TOWN AS SEEN FROM HEADQUARTERS, D COMPANY, 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION. (JOINS PHOTOGRAPHS NO 111449 AND NO 111450).


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. THE VIEW FROM A JAPANESE MACHINE GUN POSITION, OVERLOOKING LOAK BAY AT THE END OF A LONG TUNNEL THROUGH RESIDENCY RIDGE IN 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION AREA.


LUTONG-MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 1945-08-27. A JAPANESE MACHINE GUN POST AND PILLBOX AT LUTONG IN 20TH INFANTRY BRIGADE AREA. NOTE HOW IT COVERS THE ROAD BOTH WAYS.


MIRI, SARAWAK, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. A SECTION OF THE LOCAL BAZAAR IN THE AREA NOW CONTROLLED BY 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION.


MIRI, SARAWAK, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. THE FORMER BRITISH RESIDENCY WHICH WAS USED BY THE JAPANESE AS THEIR UNIT HEADQUARTERS. IT IS NOW OCCUPIED BY 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. A CAPTURED JAPANESE 3" NAVAL GUN MOUNTED ON PUJIT SPUR IN 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION AREA.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. TOWER OP (OBSERVATION POST) - A FORMER JAPANESE LOOKOUT, NOW BEING USED AS AN ARTILLERY SPOTTING TOWER ON CANADA RIDGE IN 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION


LUTONG-MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 1945-08-27. THE PUJIT ROAD AS SEEN FROM A JAPANESE MACHINE GUN POST IN A CLIFF FACE OVERLOOKING THE ROAD IN 20TH INFANTRY BRIGADE AREA.


MIRI, SARAWAK, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. PRIVATE C. V. DAVIES, INTELLIGENCE SECTION, 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION, SURVEYING THE DAMAGE TO THE INTERIOR OF A FORMER GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION BUILDING IN THE BRIGHTON AREA.


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. THE TUNNEL ENTRANCE TO JAPANESE MACHINE GUN POSTS ON RESIDENCY RIDGE IN 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION AREA. THE LONG TUNNEL GOES RIGHT THROUGH THE RIDGE.


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-09-17. THE INTELLIGENCE OFFICER FROM 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION HAS JUST GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS TO A JAPANESE LIEUTENANT, WHO IS SEEN PASSING THE INFORMATION ON TO THE REST OF THE JAPANESE SURRENDER PARTY.


MIRI, SARAWAK. 1957. PORT QUARTER VIEW OF THE DESTROYER HMAS ANZAC (II) FUELLING. HER THREE TWIN 40MM BOFORS MK IV STABILISED TACHYMETRIC ANTI AIRCRAFT GUN (STAAG) MOUNTINGS ARE PROMINENT. (NAVAL HISTORICAL COLLECTION).


MIRI, SARAWAK, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. PURAN SINGH, A SIKH GUARD AT THE BRITISH RESIDENCY, WHICH WAS USED BY THE JAPANESE AS THEIR HEADQUARTERS IN THE AREA. IT IS NOW OCCUPIED BY 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION.


MIRI, BORNEO. 1945-06-23. AFTER THE JAPANESE FLED, CHINESE RESIDENTS SALVAGED WHAT THEY COULD. SHOWN ABOVE, A CHINESE CARRYING SCRAP METAL ON HIS BICYCLE. PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WHEN THE FIRST PATROL ENTERED MIRI – 9 PLATOON, A COMPANY, 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION.


Lutong, Borneo. c. 22 June 1945. Exterior view of the damaged oil refinery near Miri.


Lutong, Borneo. c. 22 June 1945. Gateway and entrance to the Lutong oil refinery near Miri, now guarded by Australian troops, three of whom stand in front of the gate. Note the text panel (right) with Japanese characters.


MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 1945-08-28. PRIVATE (PTE) V. CHAPPELL (1) AND PTE T. MOTT (2), MEMBERS OF 7TH SECTION, 12 PLATOON, B COMPANY, 2/13TH INFANTRY BATTALION, OCCUPYING A BREN GUN PIT OVERLOOKING THE RIAM ROAD.


LUTONG-MIRI AREA, BORNEO. 1945-08-27. THE ENTRANCE TO A TUNNEL LEADING TO A CLIFF FACE JAPANESE MACHINE GUN POST WHICH COVERS A LARGE AREA OF THE MAIN ROAD AT PUJIT IN 20TH INFANTRY BRIGADE AREA.


A SECTION OF THE BOMB SHATTERED AND BURNT OUT OIL REFINERY NEAR THE TOWN.


PUJUT, BORNEO. 22 JUNE 1945. PANORAMA VIEW OF THE BOMB SHATTERED AND BURNT OUT OIL FIELDS WHICH STRETCH FROM MIRI TO PUJUT. (JOINS PHOTOGRAPH NO 110010, 110012 AND 110013).


PUJUT, BORNEO. 22 JUNE 1945. PANORAMA VIEW OF THE BOMB SHATTERED AND BURNT OUT OIL FIELDS WHICH STRETCH FROM MIRI TO PUJUT. (JOINS PHOTOGRAPH NO 110011, 110012 AND 110013).


LUTONG AREA, BORNEO. 22 JUNE 1945. PRIVATE B FAERMANN, 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION, CLEANING HIS RIFLE IN FRONT OF AN INTERESTED CHINESE AUDIENCE AT THE MIRI RIVER FERRY WHARF.


LUTONG AREA, BORNEO. 22 JUNE 1945. MEMBERS OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION RUNNING THE FERRY SERVICE ACROSS THE MIRI RIVER; SEEN FROM THE SOUTH SIDE.


PUJUT, BORNEO. 22 JUNE 1945. PANORAMA VIEW OF THE BOMB SHATTERED AND BURNT OUT OIL FIELDS WHICH STRETCH FROM MIRI TO PUJUT. (JOINS PHOTOGRAPHS NOS 110010, 110011 AND 110013).


LUTONG AREA, BORNEO, 4 JULY 1945. A 3 TON TRUCK OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION BEING DRIVEN OFF THE MIRI RIVER FERRY AFTER CROSSING THE RIVER.


LUTONG AREA, BORNEO. 22 JUNE 1945. MEMBERS OF A PATROL FROM C COMPANY, 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION, ON THEIR WAY TO PUJUT BEING TRANSPORTED ACROSS THE MIRI RIVER BY FERRY. THE PATROL IS TO MOVE BY JEEP THROUGH TO PUJUT SEARCHING FOR MINES.


LUTONG AREA, BORNEO, 4 JULY 1945. MEMBERS OF 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION CHECKING ON STORES AND EQUIPMENT ABANDONED BY THE RETREATING JAPANESE AT THE MIRI RIVER FERRY POINT. IN FOREGROUND IS AN 8 INCH BRITISH NAVAL GUN WHICH THE ENEMY BROUGHT FROM SINGAPORE.


PUJUT, BORNEO. 22 JUNE 1945. MEMBERS OF A PATROL FROM B COMPANY, 2/13 INFANTRY BATTALION PASSING OIL DERRICKS ON THE BOMB SHATTERED AND BURNT OUT OILFIELD WHICH STRETCHES FROM PUJUT TO MIRI.


Lutong, Borneo. c. 22 June 1945. Australian troops look at the damaged oil refinery installations, near Miri.


JAPANESE COLONEL AIKYO AND HIS SURRENDER PARTY MOVING ALONG RIAM ROAD. HE STILL RETAINS THE SWORD WHICH HE SURRENDED AT SERIA.


(John Hill) #5

You have some wonderful old photos on this site.

I was wondering if anybody has WW2 photos showing the Lutong Airstrip and the adjacent Beach. The reason I am investigating of old wooden piles that have been exposed in recent years due to erosion of the coast line. I believe these piles are foundation remains of a substantial structure that was destroyed by Allied Bombing in WW2. If this can be proved to be true these piles are part of Miri Historical Heritage.

Description

  1. There are currently about 75 piles exposed, almost 0.5 Meters diameter systematical arrange over a length of 230 Meters parallel to the coast line in two parallel rows approximately 9 Meters apart. Its expected more piles will be exposed in the future due the ongoing erosion.
  2. The piles were originally not on the beach. The concrete coated piping piles installed in the 1980’s to stop the coastal erosion marks the coast line at the time. Obviously, this attempt to stop the coastal erosion has failed.
  3. There is a high probability that there was a substantial topside structure supporter by these wooden piles and the that topside was destroyed in the heavy Allied Forces bombardment on the Lutong Airstrip in WW2 (World War 2). We need more historical data to support this thesis. If you have any useful information, please forward to me.
  4. Assuming the top side structure was destroyed during WW2 it may have been a pre-war structure or constructed by the Japanese occupying forces.

I was hoping someone may have photos of any structure that were constructed in this location before the WW2 Bombing destroyed it. Hope you can help.
Thank you. John


(allokitty) #6

The piles were originally not on the beach. The concrete coated piping piles installed in the 1980’s to stop the coastal erosion marks the coast line at the time. Obviously, this attempt to stop the coastal erosion has failed.

Good to know the history about those concrete piles along the beach…that end my long curiosity. :slight_smile: