Aerial View of Ballard Pier Bombay, Old Photo 1930
This is an old 1930 aerial photo of the Ballard Pier of Bombay, now Mumbai. The picture shows the Ballard Pier a deepwater harbour with a ship berthed. The photographer was A R Haseler. A R Haseler was a famous British photographer with expertise in aerial photography. He was based in the colonial era of Mumbai. And believed to be a captain in the British Indian Army before becoming a photographer.
See another of my post with A R Haseler’s photography Aerial View of Bombay Fort Area, Old 1930 Photo.
Behind the Pier is the Mole Railway Terminus shed which was a B.B & C. I. railway station. It closed down in 1944 after the advent of air travel. A portion of the Alexandra Docks is visible at the back. Ballard Pier is on the front part of the Ballard Estate (not pictured) the first planned business district of Bombay. It was reclaimed using the enormous quantities of earth excavated from the Alexandra Dock area. Click on the photo for better view.
See post Ballard Pier Mole Railway Station – Old Postcard 1944. An aerial view of Ballard Estate: A Corporate District.
Did you know- before this ships would be berthed in outer sea and passengers ferried to the Apollo Bunder, it is where the Gateway of India is located today.