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South end, main dam [Victoria Dock construction, Bombay].

South end, main dam [Victoria Dock construction, Bombay].

Photographer: Taurines, E.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 173/(9)

Item number: 1739

Genre: Photograph

A photograph by E Taurines of the Victoria Dock in Bombay City taken between 1885 and 1888. Early in April 1886, the contractors Kirby and Co. had nearly the whole of their plant on the ground and the works were being energetically pushed forward. The Musjid and Nicol subsidiary dams were finished, and the staging for the main dam completed and made secure. Tipping earth for this dam was commenced up until the rains. The whole of the concrete blocks for the south end of the Harbour wall were made and stacked in the block yard at the Trustee’s workshop. During the monsoon of 1887, the silt accumulated so rapidly between the Prince’s and Victoria Dock entrances that the divers had to stop work. They were asked to remove the more prominent rocks and boulders which had become a danger to native craft between Mallet Bundar and Mazagaon.

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