1825 (1915) Admiralty Chart – Groote Island to Cape Ford

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Admiralty Chart showing the coastline of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory from Point Keats in the West to Groote Eylandt in the East, including Darwin, from Surveys by Commanders P P King, J C Wickham and J L Stokes RN, Lieut W Chimmo RN, F Howard, Master and M S Guy 2nd Master RN. Commander R F Hoskyn, Captain J E L P Maclear, and Commander J W Combe RN between the years 1818 and 1900

 

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The Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty was founded in 1795. Alexander Dalrymple who had been hydrographer to the East India Company was appointed its first director. Between 1797 and 1803, Captain Bligh of Bounty fame, was employed as hydrographer, and took over direction when Dalrymple became ill. Capt. Thomas Hurd R.N. was in charge from 1808 to 1823, and during the latter part of his term made the official charts available to the Merchant Marine. He appointed George Thomas, a young man in his twenties, as Head Marine Surveyor. William Parry was Hydrographer from 1823-1829 and was succeeded by Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort 1829-55.

On the succession of Rear Admiral John Washington’s as the Admiralty’s hydrographer between 1855 and 1863, a series of agreements were drawn up with the Australian colonies to help solve the frequency of shipwrecks, severely hampering communication  These agreements provided boats and crews for use by officers, lent from the Royal Navy, to chart the coasts and shoal waters of the approaches to the rapidly developing towns.

It had been the discovery of gold, and the consequent rush of miners and emigrants, from England and California that had added greatly to the numbers of ships sailing to Australia’s east coast. This led to numerous petitions being made to Her Majesty’s Government to chart all approaches to Australia, to make for safer passage for shipping.

Dimensions 87 × 54 cm
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Title

Australia North Coast – Groote Eylandt to Cape Ford from the Surveys by Commanders PP King, J C Wickham and J L Stokes RN….between the years 1818 and 1900 No 1044

Published

The Admiralty, London

Date Published

First Published in 1825 with further editions and corrections to 1915.

Condition

Excellent Condition

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