A reminder of the Sea Palace
If you have read my post (loooong time ago) about the Tai Pak Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen Harbour, then the name of the Sea Palace should also be familiar.
The Sea Palace was for a time, the only other floating restaurant in Aberdeen before the Jumbo appeared and eclipsed them all. Now I don’t know when the Sea Palace eventually disappeared, but I have been told that it was moved to another country (in bits surely? I can’t imagine these things could be towed, they don’t look seaworthy enough) – either the Philippines or Australia, I don’t know.
Anyway, if you have ever visited Aberdeen – particularly the Shum Wan Road area where the restaurant pontoons are tied up – you will notice that despite there only being two restaurants now, there are three pontoons. One is for access to the Tai Pak, the other for Jumbo (but actually you can walk across a small gantry between the two anyway) and the third one is the spare pontoon that all the sampan owners tie up to so that tourists can hop on and off for the rides around the harbour.
However, if you are slightly more eagle-eyed you may have already noticed something about the third pontoon. Here it is.
Okay, it’s a bit hard to spot because it’s partly concealed (at least the English part is) – but have a look above the entrance to the pontoon and you will see this.
Okay, it’s a bit unloved these days and falling to bits but as you can see this is unmistakeably the old pontoon for the now long gone aforementioned Sea Palace.
So now I have a question – were all three restaurants operating at the same time in the past? Is that why there are three pontoons in existence, or did Jumbo just have its own one from the start? I know Jumbo opened belatedly in 1976, Tai Pak has been around for an age, but all I know about the Sea Palace disappeared is that it was still around in 1973 when Enter the Dragon was filmed. Here is a reminder of what it looked like – it was the orange one further away from camera, but there is a much better close-up courtesy of Moddsey on Gwulo.com
If anyone can fill in my knowledge gap relating to the long forgotten Sea Palace – please feel free to enlighten us all.