Apollo Bunder Before The Gateway Of India – Old Print 1874

This is an old 1874 print of Apollo Bunder a place before the Gateway of India came up in Bombay, now Mumbai. It was a pier or Jetty for the landing of passengers of steamers that anchored in deeper waters. They would be ferried by boats to the jetty. After the mandatory customs formalities passengers would get on to waiting conveyances like horse-cart or bullock carts.

See my post- Apollo Bunder Bombay Waiting For Steamer – Old Print 1880.

Interestingly, visible are some cannons near the edge (see close-up image). These were to deter any looming attacks from pirates or enemies. Consequently, threats of invasion died out by the beginning of the 19th century. Although renamed Wellington Pier but its old name Apollo Bunder would still stick to the place.

It was reclaimed from a marshy land in the 1830s and was said to be “a foul and hideous place”. After Bombay Port developed into a full-fledged port with passenger facilities the use of the landing jetty was altogether abandoned. Today the Gateway of India stands in this place in commemoration of the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. Click on the photo for better view.

Read more- Wellington Pier (Bombay)

Did you know- 29 years later the Taj Mahal Hotel would be built very close by to the place in 1903. And again after 50 years, the Gateway of India would be erected in 1924. 

From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s Balamani – Old Postcard 1902., Train At A Railway Platform British India – Old Photo 1914., Standard “S” Vintage Car In Madras – Old Print 1914

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