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Exactly 100 years ago to this day...

Opposite the New Customs House, where Ramgulam Marg ends and meets Shoorji Vallabhdas Road (formerly Ballard Road), is the bronze and gilt-edged Port Trust War Memorial, erected by the Bombay Port Trust.

The Port Trust War Memorial
The Port Trust War Memorial

With the Dorabshaw Building in the background, this memorial is another structure that came up in the early half of the twentieth century.

Bombay Port Trust seal
Bombay Port Trust seal and inscription on the plaque. Pics/Satyajit Desai

A closer look at this almost-forgotten memorial, and one learns of the invaluable support provided by the Port Trust for the greater cause of World War I.

The first transport for the War left from the city’s port on August 21, 1914.

On the memorial, a plaque reads:
>> 1,87,000 troops embarked and disembarked from the Port…
>>  3,046 transports and 668 hospital ships were dealt with at the docks…
>>  2,073 troop and hospital trains were railed over the Port Trust Railway…
>> 494 Government ships used the Port Trust Dry Docks…
>> 22,28,000 tons of military stores were shipped from the port.

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