Apollo Bunder & Harbour British Era Bombay, 1900 Photo

apollo bunder & harbour bombay

An 1900 photo of Apollo Bunder & Harbour in British-era Bombay (Mumbai). The color is due to the photocrom process which was popular in the 1880s and 90s. The view is probably from the Royal Yacht Club annex which is adjacent to the club itself. Giving a clear view of the Apollo Bunder and its Japanese pavilion.

It was here that passengers from steamer ships landed on the pier by ferry boats. There seems to be a crowd of people and horse and bullock carts. Probably in expectant wait of passengers from steamers. Some of the steamers can be seen anchored in deeper waters. After the Bombay Harbour was upgraded to handle passenger vessels, the use of the Apollo Bunder pier diminished by the 1920s. The Royal Yacht Club is partially visible on the left. The Gateway of India was built on the Apollo Bunder after it was expanded by reclamation.

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Did you know – although not visible in this image the Taj Mahal Hotel lies facing the Apollo Bunder. 

Past posts – Pensive Lady British India Watercolour Sketch, 1837., The Backwaters of Cochin, 1920 Postcard., England To India Telephone Service Inauguration, 1933.

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10½ x 8 inch

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Bourne & Shepherd