Sunday, June 7, 2009

Wadia (1808 - 1877), Shipbuilder - India

Date of Issue: May 27, 1969
Scott #: 493
Printing Process: Photogravure
Printed at: India Security Press
Number of stamps per sheet: 50

Ardaseer Cursetjee Wadia (October 06, 1808 - November 16, 1877), son of Cursetjee Rustomjee, scion of the Wadia family of shipbuilders and naval architects, and master builder at the Bombay Dockyard (today, Mumbai's Naval Dockyard).

He was the first to build an ocean-going steam vessel in India. Ardaseer was one of the dignitaries from India who attended the wedding of queen Victoria.

He is also recorded as having introduced several (at the time) novel technologies to the city of Bombay (now Mumbai), including gas lighting, the sewing machine, steam pump-driven irrigation and electro-plating.

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