Sassoon Docks is named after the Sassoon family. David Sassoon’s son, Albert Abdullah, commissioned the docks to be built and it became the first commercial ‘wet dock’ in the country. The odour from Sassoon Docks, today, can be noticed from miles away. An eye-catching, grand entrance creates the impression that you are about to enter a fortress.
Sassoon Docks in Mumbai has always been an area of hustle and bustle, just like it is today. But there was a very different kind of trade that was based there in its heyday, when it helped to establish the cotton trade. Today, the docks are famous for fish. While most people in Mumbai are still sleeping, people at the docks begin their day before dawn, to catch fish, and by 9am, while some of us are only just starting our working day, they are almost finished with theirs! These photographs show a glimpse of life at Sassoon Docks