80 miles from Singapore
Shoal draft vessels (under 2.5 metres) can easily find shelter up the wide river near the bridge at anchorage ‘A’ in all conditions. Alternative anchorage for deeper keelboats is best 1.3NM miles outside the river mouth, close to the port and starboard lateral marks, at 2°03.335N, 102° 31.086E in 3-4 metres.
Take your dinghy past the abandoned Government marina (see box) on the south bank of the river to provision or visit this slow-paced kampong town. Dinghies can be safely left at the Police Dock. The ferry terminal on the south bank services ferries daily across the Straits to the Sumatran city of Bengkalis in Indonesia.
This sleepy town is of historic significance because the ‘Battle of Muar’ was the last major battle of the Malayan Campaign in WWII. In January 1942, the 8th Australian Division was charged with stopping the advancing Japanese. Although their initial ambush was successful, the celebrations were short lived when the might of the Japanese army arrived.
History records the defence of Muar and Bakri on the west coast a complete failure resulting in the invasion of the remainder of the peninsula and Singapore. There is a small plaque War Memorial south at Parit Sulong for the 161 Australian war crime victims captured, tortured then massacred en mass while POWs at that exact site.
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