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Rangoon River. The Moulmein steamer arriving

Rangoon River. The Moulmein steamer arriving

Photographer: Watts and Skeen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/15(23)

Item number: 4301523

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Curzon Collection, with a view along the riverfront at Rangoon (Yangon). Rangoon is built on the site of the ancient city of Dagon but was given importance and rebuilt by the founder of the Konbaung dynasty, Alaungpaya (ruled 1752-60), when it was given its name meaning 'end of strife'. The Rangoon River (now the Yangon or Hlaing) borders the city to the south and west and flows onward for 30 km to the Andaman Sea. Rangoon thus has the double advantage of being near the sea and being served by a great navigable river. After the conquest of Lower Burma in 1852, when Rangoon passed into British hands, it developed significantly until it became the major port in Burma and the third most important seaport in British India after Calcutta and Bombay. Steamers of the British India Steam Navigation Company sailed three times a week from Rangoon to Moulmein, in south-east Burma across the Gulf of Martaban (Mottama). The paddle steamer Ramapoora is shown at right in port quarter view heading towards her berth.

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