During the busy season of rice-export, which lasts from the end of December to the middle of May, the pool forming the port of Rangoon presents almost as crowded a scene as the Hugli at Calcutta.
In 1620 one of the Company's factors dates from Patna; in 1624-1636 the Company established itself, by the favour of the emperor, on the ruins of the ancient Portuguese settlement of Pippli, in the north of Orissa; in 1640-1642 an English surgeon, Gabriel Boughton, obtained establishments at Balasore, also in Orissa, and at Hugli, some miles above Calcutta.
And 88° 24' E., on the left or east bank of the Hugli, about 80 m.
The port of Calcutta is one of the busiest in the world, and the banks of the Hugli rival the port of London in their show of shipping.
The water-supply is derived from the river Hugli, about 16 m.