Cochin Harbour And Travancore, 1915 Photos
Old 1915 photos of Cochin Harbour and Travancore. The three photos are mounted on thick cardboard that has turned brittle from age. Each of the pictures has a pen inscription and is titled “Travancore”. The first image is marked “Native servants leaving the “Clive” in surf boats for Quilon”., “Landing in surf boats at Quilon”., and “Cochin Harbour.” The “Clive” was probably a British Naval ship on a visit to Cochin (Kochi), and Quilon (Kollam).
One was part of the princely state of Cochin and the other was part of Travancore State before independence. Both now comprise cities in present-day Kerala state. The Harbour at that time was in a virgin state. It became a full-fledged modern harbour after Robert Bristow developed it in 1939. Although it had a natural harbour for the berthing of smaller wooden ships from centuries ago. Bigger ships were anchored in the outer sea like that of the “Clive” shown in this photo. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- Chinese traders regularly visited Cochin even before the Portuguese arrived in 1500s.
From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s Balamani – Old Postcard 1902., Trams Near Crawford Market Mumbai – Old Postcard 1914., Cannon Accident Fort St George Madras, 1870 Print., View of Vintage Car of 1911 British India, Old Print