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Calcutta Docks - Displacement of wall

Calcutta Docks - Displacement of wall

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 46/(24)

Item number: 4624

Genre: Photograph

Photograph taken in 1890 by an unknown photographer showing the displacement in the dock wall at the Calcutta Docks. The Kidderpore Docks sanctioned to be built in 1884, was intended to provide suitable accommodation for the export trade. In 1889-90, the tidal basin had been completed and brought into use, and dock number one was nearing completion. Unfortunately at this time, a disaster occured. The berm left along the dock walls had turned out to be insufficient, and the walls started to slip forward. Water hurriedly rose to a level of 14 ft above the Kidderpore Dock sill, and the technical committee decided it should be raised to 20 ft in order to prevent further movement.

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