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Bombay Docks In British India Era – Old Photo 1916

This is an old 1916 photo of the Bombay (now Mumbai) Docks / Port In the British India era. Because of the cotton export boom, Bombay grew and grew. Necessitating the construction of a new dockyard for accommodating larger ships. The first one was the Sassoon Dock in 1875, the next was the Princes (1880) and Victoria (1888) Dockyards.

These became insufficient for the large ship traffic that were taking place at the time of Mumbai’s cotton boom. Construction of a new yard with a larger capacity- the Alexandra dock was completed in 1914 shown in this photograph. The Alexandra Dock is now called the Indira Docks. Even today the Mumbai Port is the busiest in the country.

See post Floating Dock British Era Bombay – Old Print 1872. Read more  History in detail.

Extract from an old book on Ballard estate- “The trustees of the port offer on lease fully developed building sites for factories, with road rail and sea access. And adequate supplies of labour and skilled…”

Did you know- Mumbai port had a massive explosion in 1944 from an ordance laden ship that arrived from England.

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#11)., Madras Club In British India Era – Old Photograph 1898., Khadakwasla Dam Pune – Old Postcard 1905.,  Vintage Map Phases of Fort St George Madras., Birds Eye View of Delhi In 1902 – Old Print. 

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.


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5¾ x 3½ inch

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Unknown British photographer