Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia

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Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia (1702–1774) was a Parsi from Surat province of Gujarat in India and was a member of the Wadia family of shipwrights and naval architects, who founded Wadia Group in 1736.[1][2]

Lovji Wadia secured contracts with the British East India Company to build ships and docks in Bombay in 1736.[3] This, and subsequent efforts, would result in Bombay becoming a strategic port for the British colonial undertakings in Asia.

The Bombay dry-dock, the first dry-dock in Asia, was built by Lovji and his brother Sorabji in 1750.

Lovji is considered the founder of the shipping and shipbuilder industry in Bombay. To this day, Surat remains the largest break-up (where ships are stripped and disassembled) beaching port in the world.

Lovji had two sons, Maneckji and Bomanji.[4]

The first Atash Adaran in India was established in Siganpur, near Surat, by Lovji Wadia, around 1760. His descendants are the Wadia family of Nusli Wadia, Ness Wadia and Jehangir Wadia. His great grandsons founded JBH Wadia and Homi Wadia founded Wadia Movietone in 1933, which had its studios at Lovji Castle (Lovejee Castle) in Chembur, Mumbai. The company even had its logo as a ship, honouring their family legacy.[5]


  1. ^ Reginald Edward Enthoven (1990). The tribes and castes of Bombay, Volume 3. Asian Educational Services. ISBN 978-81-206-0630-2. 
  2. ^ Faredun Kavasji Dadachanji (1986). Parsis, ancient and modern and their religion. 
  3. ^ Mihir Bose (2006). Bollywood: a history. Tempus. ISBN 978-0-7524-2835-2. 
  4. ^ "The Wadias of India: Then and Now". Zoroastrian Educational Institute. Retrieved 19 Dec 2014. 
  5. ^ "Surat's Wadias created Fearless Nadia". The Times of India. Oct 2, 2010. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 

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