National Geographic : 1938 May
Singapore: Far East Gibraltar in the Malay Jungle © Screen Traveler, from Gendreau FORT CANNING IS OUTMODED, BUT THE RIVER IT DEFENDED IS MORE ALIVE THAN EVER Singapore, British naval base and strategic point on the age-old silk and spice route through the Strait of Malacca, has outgrown its leisurely life centered about this river. Ultramodern defenses, just completed, make the flat tropical jungle island impregnable. Dedicated February 14, 1938, the 1,000-foot King George VI dry dock and air base here give British battleships a haven 9,500 miles from home. Naval headquarters cling to the flag-decked hill on which Malay rulers lived centuries ago.