|This drawing from the Illustrated London News shows Cursetjee
Rustomjee, head builder in 1849 at the East India Company shipyard
at Bombay. Its accompanying article follows his career from entry
into the shipyard as a 15-year-old apprentice in 1800.
Cursetjee Rustomjee was a member of the Wadia family of master shipbuilders,
who had been designing and building ships for both the East India
Company and the Royal Navy for generations. His uncle, to whom he
had been apprenticed, was head builder at the shipyard before him.
He was also related to Bomanjee Jamsetjee, whose report to the Royal
Navy on the building of HMS Cornwallis in 1812 can also be
seen on this web page.
The article also lists the number of ships built in the almost 50
year period that Cursetjee Rustomjee worked at the shipyard. Members
of the Wadia family would undoubtedly have been involved in the work
on all of these.
ZPER 34/14, Illustrated London News, 6 January 1849, p. 12
By courtesy of the Illustrated London
News Picture Library