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Aerial View of Bombay Harbour & Docks – Old Print 1931
This is an old 1931 print of the aerial view of Bombay harbour and docks. Visible in the foreground is a part of the Alexandra Docks. And at the back are the Victoria, and Princess Docks. The south of the Alexandra Docks is the Ballard Pier (not shown in the picture). The text is in French that reads- “Built in a small island with a vast and perfectly sheltered port, Bombay is the second city and the first port of India. it absorbs all the traffic in the western region. it is the outlet for cotton land and also for all of central India. its location on the west coast of India makes it much closer to Europe than madras or Calcutta…”
The 10 km long Mumbai Port Trust coast traces its origin to 19th century British India. As trade grew, the port grew both were interlinked at the time. And cotton being one of the main commodities for export. With Ballard Pier in the south, Sewri-Wadala mudflats in the north. To the west is a part of Bombay’s Fort area. Little more to the south is the Ballard Pier building and Gateway of India both not visible in this image. Sewri’s mudflats attract scores of flamingos and other exotic birds and is a bird watchers paradise. Click on the photo for better view.
Read more- Fly away home. See post- Ballard Pier Mole Station Bombay – Old Postcard 1925.
Did you know- the historical island of Elephanta is one of the six islands that lie in the harbour area.
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