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LEGEND OF THE LOST – Sailor’s Home

Sailors Home Calcutta late 1870

During the 19th and 20th centuries there were provisions for temporary lodging arrangements  for the seamen in the most of the major sea ports all around the world. An Institution named,”The Sailor’s Home” made these arrangements for the officers and the ordinary crew members, specifically  in the British Mercantile Marine or British Merchant Marine. Leaving their families ashore,  these mariners used to sail month after month in the wide, wide sea, faced turbulent weather and travelled around the world, for the benefit of their country. Undoubtedly, they played a significant role and contributed to the commerce of the British Empire. Mainly  they carried tea from China and various spices from different parts of the Orient to their country.

Till 1839, the Sailor’s Home in Calcutta, a destitute seamen’s asylum, was situated at 12 Strand Road, the site of the present Metcalfe Hall, facing the River Hoogly. After some time, it shifted to another building, at the crossing of Strand Road and Hare Street. However, in the late 19th century the Sailor’s Home, which was then in a dilapidated state due to negligence and lack of maintenance, was pulled down and replaced by the Magistrate’s Court and  thus, the legend of the Sailor’s Home in Calcutta was lost forever.

Sailor's Home Calcutta - mid 19th Century
Sailor’s Home Calcutta – mid 19th Century
Dibyendu Banerjee
Ex student of Scottish Church College. Served a Nationalised Bank for nearly 35 years. Authored novels in Bengali. Translated into Bengali novels/short stories of Leo Tolstoy, Eric Maria Remarque, D.H.Lawrence, Harold Robbins, Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham and others. Also compiled collections of short stories from Africa and Third World. Interested in literature, history, music, sports and international films.

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