Saturday, June 17, 2017

Souvenir Saturday: Durban Docks ca 1887



Durban Docks circa 1887. Extremity of Point Wharf showing original Wharf Shed A erected in 1881 (with curved roof) and the Sheers erected at the end of the main wharf, the total length of which, at this period, did not exceed 1500 feet.In the left foreground is a craft known as the "Anchor Boat" used for laying moorings about the Bay.  The funnel of one of the paddle tugs (probably "Forerunner") can be seen in front of the ship in full sail.  To the right of "A" Shed is the Customs House.


2 comments:

andrew van rensburg said...

Amazing detail, so absorbing!!

Mole said...

Thank you Andrew. These old photos are invaluable - this one from the Cory collection. I am interested in the detail because in the 1880s this is how the port, the docks, wharves etc would have looked to my g grandfather, Thomas Gadsden.