Taiwan’s last man-powered ferry: A century of mass transportation

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Wearing an Asian conical hat and raincoat, this ferryman has braved the wind and rain for the last 20 years. This is Taiwan's last remaining man-powered ferry, continuing a tradition that has been operating over a hundred years since 1881. In the past, it served as an essential transportation hub in Xindian, ferrying residents back and forth across the river.

 

Along with the gradual development of transportation, the public's dependence on ferryboats declined. Despite insufficient manpower and low demand, the ferryboat is still kept as a cultural asset. In addition to keeping this ferryboat culture alive for its original transportation function, the district office hopes to add various elements to augment local tourism.

 

Traveling back and forth across the river to pick up and drop off passengers throughout the day, the myriad ripples emanating out from the ferryboat seem to send good wishes to each person as they disembark and bid the ferryman farewell.

 

以下為中文對照

 

全台僅存人力擺渡 百年歷史大眾運輸

頭戴斗笠、身穿雨衣,擺渡人20年來不畏風雨,這是全台僅存的人力擺渡,從1881年至今已有百年歷史,過去一直作為新店當地居民橫渡兩岸的交通樞紐。

 

隨著交通建設逐漸開發,民眾對於渡船的依賴度下降,人力不足、需求短缺,面對文化資產的去留。區公所還是希望繼續維持像這樣一個傳統,除了大眾運輸的功能之外,結合觀光的一些元素在裡面,然後讓擺渡文化繼續保存下去。

 

登船鈴響起,擺渡人循聲而來,辛勞的擺渡人為了每位乘客,全年無休往返兩岸。一趟百年輕舟橫渡,擺渡所激起的波瀾,像在為每次的道別獻上祝福。

 

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