Madras Harbour From The Lighthouse, 1900 Photo

George Town & Parry's British Era Madras, 1885 Photo

Old 1900 photogravure of the Madras Harbour from the Lighthouse. It is an artificial harbour, with a “T” shaped iron pier. That is encompassed by two breakwater concrete pontoons. A strong hurricane had breached the iron pier before the concrete pontoons were constructed. This led to several discussions and deliberations on how to safeguard the harbour against harsh weather. Ultimately coming up with a brilliant solution for the creation of pontoons. Eventually, a full-fledged harbour was built to accommodate larger cargo and passenger ships.

See my post Breach Of The Madras Iron Pier – Old Print 1895.

Today the Madras, now Chennai Port, is the most modern and second busiest in India. The view is from the central dome of the Madras High Court building. The corner area of the road would be the future address of Parry & Company. Visible in the background are the twin towers of the Madras General Post Office. Notice the city’s tram apparently trundling towards the future Parry’s Corner area. Click on the photo for better view.  

See my post General Post Office Building In Chennai – Old Photo 1890. Read more When Chennai Travelled at 7 mph.

Did you know- Chennai is the only city not only in India but also in South Asia to be named in the list “52 places to go around the world” by The New York Times. 

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal On Paper Nude (#3)., Municipal Corporation Building Bombay – Old Postcard 1908., 1808 Indian Elephant Antique Print From Buffon.

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10 x 7 inches

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Wiele & Lein