Country Boats On Buckingham Canal Madras, 1910 Postcard

Country Boats On Buckingham Canal Madras, 1910 Postcard

An old 1910 photo postcard of the Buckingham Canal with country boats in Madras (Chennai). A very uncommon photo postcard of the beautiful Buckingham Canal is seen here with many country boats plying on it. Madras was once blessed with clean rivers – the Adyar, the Cooum, and the Buckingham Canal.

And at one time the Buckingham Canal was navigable all the way from Kakinada in the north up to Marakkanam (near Pondicherry) in the south. Just as shown in the photo. But sadly the Adyar River, the River Cooum, and the Buckingham Canal are now sewage carriers. Buckingham’s northern and southern canals were linked by a 20 km stretch built in the city. As part of Duke of Buckingham’s famine relief measure in 1877-78. Click on the image for better view.

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Did you know – the canal was named after the Duke of Buckingham, who was the governor of Madras Presidency from 1875 to 1880. 

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