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BY YARROW, GLASGOW
LENGTH 200 FT BREADTH 32 FT DRAFT 4 FT
SPEED 8 KNOTS (UPSTREAM) 10 KNOTS (DOWNSTREAM)
GROSS TONNAGE 427.46
ENGINES : TRIPLE EXPANSION
The last remaining paddler in Burma has been restored
and is once again offering tourists the chance to tour the Bagan area on the
RV Myat Yadana began her life with the name "Minthamee" when delivered to Burma for the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company from her builders, Yarrow of Glasgow in Scotland, one of four arriving in the late 1940s (including Minlat, Mingalay and Mintha). Four others (Maha, Mingyi, Mindon and Minnan were built at the same time by Denny's at Dumbarton). These ships helped replace the massive losses which were suffered in 1942 when much of the fleet was scuttled to avoid the ships falling into Japanese hands - and to obstruct the advancing enemy forces during World War II.
Minthamee became the private "yacht" of General Ne Win (and was the only one of her sisters to retain steam engines)
Local businessman U Khin Maung now owns the vessel and established a tour company Phwa Saw Typical Village Travels and Tours to operate her. Phwa Saw is a restored village open to tourists at Old Bagan to reflect the traditions of life in the Bagan area of Burma.
Extrenal link for the history of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company
See also Sternwheelers and Burma History
Another view kindly supplied by Malcolm Oliver