Tuesday, November 7, 2023

 Posted 8th Wednesday Morning:

Continuing from yesterday's post...the rainfall amounts as on 8th morning from Goa, south Konkan and South Maharshtra

Karad  AWS 106 mms

Vengurla AWS 78mm

Panhala 74 mms

Ratnagiri 30 mm

Solapur 28 mm

Karad 50 mm


Margao 103 mm

Dabolim 104 mm

Panaji 99.4 mm

Mormugao 60.4 mm

Mapusa 44 mm

 On 8th November 1888,"Titanic of Gujarat" sank off the coast of Saurashtra in a cyclonic storm during a crossing from Mandvi to Bombay. The SS Vaitarna Ship which was owned by A. J. Shepherd & co, Bombay and was also known as Vijli or Haji Kasam Ni Vijli. The name Vijli was given after its appearance as the ship was decked up with many electric bulbs. The ship started its service in year 1885 and was captained by Kasam Ibrahim also known as Haji Kasam. The ship operated to ferry people between Mandvi and Bombay (now Mumbai). The ferry took 30 hours to travel from Mandvi to Bombay at a fare of Rs 8. During the incident, there were around 1300 people on board which included thirteen wedding parties and several students who headed for Bombay to appear in the matriculation examination of Bombay University in December. Later on, during the inquiry it was found that ship was not well equipped and was not build to operate in the stormy weather. Till date, no shipwreck is found making it to be mystery in the pages of history. However the RMS Titanic sank off after 24 years of this incident.