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Bombay Dockyard

Naval dockyard, Mumbai: Entry to the dockyard is restricted to naval personnel only
View of the dockyard from the sea

Bombay Dockyard—also known as Naval Dockyard—is an Indian shipbuilding yard at Mumbai.

Shipbuilding was an established profession throughout the Indian coastline prior to the advent of the Europeans and it contributed significantly to maritime exploration throughout Indian maritime history.[1] Indian rulers weakened with the advent of the European powers during the middle ages.[2] Indian shipbuilders, however, continued to build ships capable of carrying 800 to 1000 tons.[2] The shipbuilders built ships like HMS Hindostan and HMS Ceylon, inducted into the Royal Navy.[2] Other historical ships made by the Indian shipbuilders included HMS Asia (commanded by Edward Codrington during the Battle of Navarino in 1827), HMS Cornwallis (on board which the Treaty of Nanking was signed in 1842), and HMS Minden (on which Francis Scott Key wrote the poem "The Defence of Fort McHenry", later to become the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner").[2]

Mural on the walls of the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai

The New Cambridge History of India: Science, Technology and Medicine in Colonial India surveys the role of Indian shipbuilders—Lowji Nuserwanji Wadia and the Wadia family in particular:[1]

A contemporary British traveller, Abraham Parsons, wrote in 1775:[3]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Arnold, 101-102
  2. ^ a b c d (Indian Navy)Early History, National Informatics Center, Government of India
  3. ^ Abraham Parsons, Travels in Asia and Africa, London, 1808, p. 214-215

References

  • Arnold, David (2004), The New Cambridge History of India: Science, Technology and Medicine in Colonial India, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-56319-4.

External links

  • , GlobalSecurity.org.Bombay Dockyard / Naval Dockyard, Mumbai

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