Mumbai Apollo Bunder & Harbour – Old Print 1880
This antique steel engraved print of Bombay, now Mumbai is from an Italian Journal dating to around 1880. It measures 11 x 7 inches. The view shows the Apollo Bunder and Harbour much before the Gateway of India coming up there. It was once the chief landing-place for overseas passengers arriving by steamer ships.
Passengers of steamer ships anchored at deep waters were ferried to landing-place by boats. After the customs formalities, they would board a horse carriage or a bullock cart to transport them to their destinations with their baggage. Obviously, automobiles did not make the scene as yet. The Bunder formed after reclamation in 1860, was a foul and hideous place at the time.
Later renamed Wellington Pier after developing it into an important alighting point for steamer passengers. But its old name Apollo still stuck to the place. As years passed the Bombay Harbour developed into a full-fledged cargo and passenger handling port the use of Apollo Bunder was abandoned altogether. And in its place, the Gateway of India was erected.
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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