Robert Bristow’s Cochin Harbour – 2 Old Postcards 1947

These are 2 old postcards of  Robert Bristow’s Cochin Harbour of 1947. Bristow was the architect of Willingdon Island in Cochin, now Kochi. He was an engineer’s marvel, his name is held in awe in Kerala even today. Coming from Madras, now Chennai in 1920 he plunged into his new job in right earnestness.

All set to take up the mighty task of reclaiming an island from the vast waters of the Vembanad lake. It took almost 20 years to create this artificial island. That included adding infrastructures like the harbour, railway terminus, airport, port trust offices, naval base, and so on. Named after Lord Willingdon the then Viceroy of India who had commissioned the project.

Bristow had also planned and executed three connecting bridges (including a railway bridge)- Venduruthy bridge and Mattancherry bridge. Before Willingdon island coming up major ships were anchored at outer sea. And the passengers and cargos were ferried by feeder boats. That docked at Mattancherry, south of Fort Cochin which was actually a port from ancient times.

Which had strong maritime trade with ancient Rome, Greece, Phoenicia, China, and so on. The British after expelling the Dutch in the 18th century made Mattancherry a shipbuilding yard. Since the finest of teak, rosewood, and mahogany were available in plenty from the surrounding forests at the time. Coupled with highly skilled shipbuilders available at the time.

See my posts- Fort Kochi & City Antique Map Plan Of 1761.

Did you know- Willingdon Island is the largest man-made island in India although the property of the port trust it is a self-contained town in a town. 

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#7).,   Antique Photo Bangalore Steam Engine Loco Shed 1890.,  Vintage Postcard Madras Fishing Catamaran., Illuminating Bombay In Honor of Queen Victoria – Old Print

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.