Reclamation, Mody Bay, No. 1 jetty from north [Victoria Dock construction, Bombay].
Photographer: Taurines, E.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph by E Taurines of construction of the Victoria Dock in Bombay City taken about 1885. The idea for the construction of a wet docks for the use of shipping in Bombay harbour was first suggested by M Malet when member of Council in 1855. In 1866, Russell Aitken, Executive Engineer to the Municipality prepared the foundation of a Harbour and Dock Trust which could raise money for the construction of wet docks on the Elphinstone and Mody Bay reclamations as private companies had gone into a recession. The dredger owned by Messrs J & G Rennie of London, named "Teredo", was involved with the reclamation work. The Port Trust was founded in June 1873 and plans for a wet dock was prepared by the Chief Engineer Thomas Ormaston. In 1875, the first stone was laid in the hope that the new dock would create a prosperous revolution in the trade of Bombay.