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View of excavation for 80 feet entrance, subsidiary dam under construction [Victoria Dock construction, Bombay].

View of excavation for 80 feet entrance, subsidiary dam under construction [Victoria Dock construction, Bombay].

Photographer: Taurines, E.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1887

Shelfmark: Photo 173/(48)

Item number: 17348

Genre: Photograph

A photograph by E Taurines of the Victoria Dock construction work in Bombay City taken between 1885-1888. In 1884, a scheme for a dock extension put before the Government was approved. The extension, which later came to be called Victoria Dock, was a water space of 24.22 acres, containing three jetties, 400 ft. long by 230 ft. wide, a passage communicating with the Prince's Dock and a rear entrance. The Musjid and Nicol basins were absorbed into the new scheme and subsidiary dams built across these. The staging for the main dam was completed and made secure. Tipping earth for this dam was continued up until the rains. The dock and harbour walls and the 80 ft entrance were finished in December 1887, the erection of the 80 ft gates were begun on 19 December 1887 and was completed by 20 February.

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