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Erecting Gates at 60 ft Lock Entrance: Calcutta Docks

Erecting Gates at 60 ft Lock Entrance: Calcutta Docks

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1888

Shelfmark: Photo 46/(15)

Item number: 4615

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Calcutta Docks taken in1888 by an unknown photographer showing the construction of gates at the 60 ft lock entrance. The Calcutta Port is the only major riverine port in India and constitutes the Calcutta Dock System. In March 1884, the Secretary of State confirmed Kidderpore as the site for the new docks. The entrance to the dock was to be through a tidal basin about 600 ft by 650 ft, and from the tidal basin to the river were two entrances, one 80ft wide and the other 60 ft. Generally, the gates would open about two hours before high-tide when the water in the river and tidal basin would be at the same level . The lock was used to let cargo boats in and out at all times of the tide.

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