Mumbai Apollo Bunder & Harbour, 1880 Print

An old 1880 print of Bombay (Mumbai) Apollo Bunder & Harbour. This page is from an Italian Journal dating to around 1880. The view is of the Apollo Bunder and Harbour much before the Gateway of India coming up there. It was once the chief landing-place Pier) for overseas passengers arriving by steamer ships.


Passengers of steamer ships anchored in deep waters were ferried to this pier by boats. After the due customs formalities, they would board a horse carriage or a bullock cart to transport them to their destinations with their baggage. Naturally, automobiles did not make the scene yet. Apollo Bunder was formed after a reclamation in 1860. It was said to be a foul and hideous place at the time.

It was later renamed Wellington Pier after developing it into an important alighting point for steamer passengers. Although its old name Apollo stuck to the place. In the 1920s, the Bombay Harbour expanded into a full-fledged cargo and passenger handling port. The use of the Pier was abandoned altogether. In its place, the Gateway of India was erected. Click on the photo for better view.

Read more Wellington Pier.  See post Apollo Bunder Before The Gateway Of India – Old Print 1874.

Did you know – the Gateway of India that stands on Apollo Bunder which was built in 1924 to commemorate King George V and Queen Mary’s visit in 1911.  

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