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S. wall, Nicol Basin, in course of demolition [Victoria Dock construction, Bombay].

S. wall, Nicol Basin, in course of demolition [Victoria Dock construction, Bombay].

Photographer: Taurines, E.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 173/(20)

Item number: 17320

Genre: Photograph

The need for new docks at Bombay was created in the mid-nineteenth century when the city experienced a growth in economic prosperity due to an increase in trade, particularly in cotton. Construction was initiated by the Elphinstone Land and Press Company launched by Nicol and Co. in 1858 and completed by the Bombay Port Trust in the last decade of the century. All of the building took place on land reclaimed from the sea.

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