The Little Indus (1833-1837)
The Indus was a small steamer built in Bombay by Cursetjee Rustomjee and launched in 1833. The author has pieced together the history of this vessel primarily from Indian newspapers of the time. The Indus operated as a tug and ‘on hire’ in Bombay Harbour. A Persian merchant of Bombay purchased the steamer in 1835, intending to open trade on the Indus River. Lieut. John Wood, Royal Indian Navy, commanded the Indus on this expedition where it grounded repeatedly. Returning to Bombay the steamer’s machinery was eventually transferred to a more suitable vessel in 1837.