China Sea: Singapore Strait by staff Commander J.W. Reed Navg. Lieuttnt. T.H. Tizard, F.J. Ray & J.H. Ellis, assisted by the Officers of the H.M.S. Rifleman 1865-69 with additions from the latest British & Dutch authorities..
China Sea: Singapore Strait by staff Commander J.W. Reed Navg. Lieuttnt. T.H. Tizard, F.J. Ray & J.H. Ellis, assisted by the Officers of the H.M.S. Rifleman 1865-69 with additions from the latest British & Dutch authorities.. Facsimile key supplied with the original chart.


Title:
China Sea: Singapore Strait by staff Commander J.W. Reed Navg. Lieuttnt. T.H. Tizard, F.J. Ray & J.H. Ellis, assisted by the Officers of the H.M.S. Rifleman 1865-69 with additions from the latest British & Dutch authorities..
Date:
C1900 ((1900 large corrections) (1912 small corrections))
Mapmaker:
Commander John William Reed (1826-1873)
Image Size:
660mm x 1280mm (25.98" x 50.39")
Condition:
Lower left corner strengthened and repaired minor split at centre, otherwise in good condition, with folds as issued.
Technique:
Hand coloured engraving.
Price:

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$A 6,500
Stock Number:
HYDRO 2403 ASI SINGA (NITGLY) (RW 05)
Description:

Rare and very impressive large scale hydrographic chart of Singapore and the seas south, from the surveys of H.M.S. Rifleman 1865-69. The map extends from Singapore Island to Pulu Paril and from Great Carimon to Pulo Battam, and includes extensive sounding details and sailing directions. 

First issued in 1863 this chart like most Admiralty hydrographic charts has been updated as follows: 1900 large corrections, 1912 small corrections. The regular updating of charts by the Hydrographic Office was to enable Commanders of ships, pilots and other mariners to safely navigate foreign waters and ports as new information of changes to sea depths, sand bars, wrecks or other any other information that could hinder passage became available. As updated charts were offered for sale, the older outdated charts in the hands of mariners were invariably discarded, subsequently making all British Admiralty issued hydrographic charts of the period very rare. 

Charts issued by the British Hydrographic Office were continually updated and as a consequence seafarers discarded earlier versions, making these charts, rare survivors. The Hydrographic Office first offered it's chart for sale to the general public through a series of chart agents in 1821.

Biography:

John William Reed (1826-1873) 
was a British naval officer active in the East Indies and the Pacific in the middle part of the 19th century. Reed was born in Sheerness, near Chatham, Kent, England. The son of a Royal Navy shipwright, john joined the navy as a clerk in 1840. Looking for a more active duty, he became an assistant to a Master of the Royal Navy, and was promoted to second master in July of 1851. In 1853 records place him in the South Pacific where, working on board the HMS Saracen, he was part of a team dispatched to survey the Fijian Coast, the later the coasts of Taiwan, Korea, Japan. By 1856 he had risen to become an Assistant Surveyor. The HMS Saracen was decommissioned in 1860 and Reed returned to England where he was reassigned to duties in the North Atlantic, including visits to Labrador and Greenland. He was given command of the HMS Rifleman in 1861 and once again dispatched to the East Indies. After two years of service in the East Indies, he returned again to England, possibly due to sickness or an injury. In 1866, the HMS Rifleman was again dispatched to the East Indies, again with Reed in command. He was assigned to complete a detailed survey of the waters between Singapore and Hong Kong, the first major update to this region since the work of John Turnbull Thomson. Reed completed his seminal survey, but by 1868 his health broke down again and he returned to England and retired. His ship, the HMS Rifleman, was similarly decommissioned. He died four years later in 1873, probably from tropical diseases contracted in his travels. Edward Reed, his brother, was an important British shipwright.

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