Calcutta Port & Hooghly River, 1947 Photo

calcutta port and hooghly river

An old 1947 photo of Calcutta Port and Hooghly River. The Calcutta Port is visible with a vendor in the foreground with some country boats. Geographically the Hooghly waterfront extends up to 10 miles.

Historically the Hooghly Waterfront housed the trading posts of the Portuguese, Dutch, and Danish. The British set up their trading post in 1690. Kolkatta spread out from here after the British ousted rival European colonialists. By 1772 Kolkatta was made the capital of British India until 1911.

There are many remnants of the warehouses, factories, and residences of the colonialist’s occupation on the waterfront. Calcutta’s Hooghly River flows from its parent river the Ganges which flows from the Himalayas. And has a great religious and economical significance, it is a sort of lifeline to Bengal.

Read more- The Hooghly.

Did you know – that the river is approximately 260 km long.  

From the collection- Government House Calcutta – Old Photo 1890.,  Map Of Travancore Backwaters & Coast c1866.,  Vintage Postcard Bangalore The Indian Gymkhana.,  Vintage Book 1912 – Kerala The Land Of Palms By I H Hacker.,   1971 Raja Ravi Varma Commemorative First Day Cover.



Photo Details

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Photograph Size -

9x7 inch

Photographer -

Bert Brandt