Sassoon Docks

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Sassoon Docks
Sassoon Docks overhead 2.jpg
Aerial view of Sassoon Docks
Sassoon Docks is located in Mumbai
Sassoon Docks
Sassoon Docks
Location in Mumbai
Location
Country India
Location Mumbai
Coordinates 18°54′41.81″N 72°49′34.11″E / 18.9116139°N 72.8261417°E / 18.9116139; 72.8261417Coordinates: 18°54′41.81″N 72°49′34.11″E / 18.9116139°N 72.8261417°E / 18.9116139; 72.8261417
Details
Opened 1875
Owned by Mumbai Port Trust
Type of harbor Fishing port
Wharfs 7

Sassoon Docks is one of the oldest docks in Mumbai. It was the first wet dock constructed in 1875 in Bombay.[1] It is one of the few docks in the city open to the public.[2] It is situated in Mumbai harbor in South Mumbai area of Colaba. It is one of largest fish markets in the Mumbai city.[3][4] Its neighboring features are Mumbai Port Trust Garden (Sagar Upvan Colaba) and Offices of Fisheries Department, and it overlooks Oyster Rock, an island in the Mumbai harbour, at a distance.

History[edit]

Albert Sassoon
Sassoon Dock Entrance
The Sassoon Docks

Built in 1875 on reclaimed land, by the banking and mercantile company David Sassoon & Co., the docks were owned by Albert Abdullah David Sassoon (1818–1896), son of David Sassoon, a Baghdadi Jew and the leader of the Jewish community in Bombay. It was the first commercial wet dock in western India and helped establish the cotton trade. In 1879, Sassoon Docks and other associated foreshore properties were purchase by the government on behalf of Bombay Port Trust.[1] The Sassoon Docks encouraged the Bombay Presidency to promote the construction of the large Prince's Dock. The Sassoon factories that produced silk and cotton goods in Bombay, also furnished employment for a large amount of native labor.

Street art[edit]

In 2017, street art transformed one of Mumbai’s oldest fishing docks into an exhibition space. Thirty artists from around the world gave the bustling 142-year-old Sassoon Dock, a colorful makeover as part of the St+art Urban Art Festival. The exhibition opened to public on 11th November, 2017.[5]

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