In 1872, Sir Albert Sassoon, the Jewish industrialist and philanthropist, the son of David Sassoon, began establishing a Wet Dock and Bunder (wharfs) in lower Colaba, to enable large cargo ships to discharge and to load the goods in a single step directly alongside the quay. The ceremony for laying the cornerstone, took place on the 10th of June, 1872, and the inauguration ceremony took place on Tuesday, the 8th June, 1875. 1,500 labourers were employed each day for three years for the completion of this immense
The “Sassoon Dock” today, is a picturesque and lively bustling dock, used mainly for fishing boats, crowded with fishermen unloading their catch and repairing their nets.
CLOCK TOWER GATE, Colaba
At the entrance from the main street, the Colaba Causeway, to the Sassoon Dock, a wide gate and a clock tower were installed, at the top of which a large clock was installed. The watch was designed and manufactured by Sir John Bennett and provided a noteworthy element in other buildings owned by the Sassoon family in Bombay and Pune.
Azad Nagar, Colaba, Mumbai,
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