C1881

[AUSTRALIA-QLD] Western Approaches to Torres Strait Compiled from the most Recent Surveys in the Hydrographic Office 1881.

Rare Hydrographic chart of the western approaches to Torres Strait, extending from the southern coast of New Guinea to Batavia River (now called Wenlock River) published 15th June 1881, with large corrections to August 1900 and small corrections to 1915. … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[AUSTRALIA-QLD] Western Approaches to Torres Strait Compiled from the most Recent Surveys in the Hydrographic Office 1881.

Date:

C1881

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

640mm 
x 475mm

Paper Size: 

665mm 
x 497mm
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[AUSTRALIA-QLD] Western Approaches to Torres Strait Compiled from the most Recent Surveys in the Hydrographic Office 1881. - Antique Map from 1881

Genuine antique
dated:

1881

Description:

Rare Hydrographic chart of the western approaches to Torres Strait, extending from the southern coast of New Guinea to Batavia River (now called Wenlock River) published 15th June 1881, with large corrections to August 1900 and small corrections to 1915.

Important seas such as Torres Strait were regularly surveyed by the Hydrographic Office to ensure that commanders of ships, pilots and other mariners were able to have the most to up to date information available to safely navigate foreign waters and ports as new information of changes to sea depths, sand bars, wrecks or other any other pertinent nautical information that could hinder passage became available. As updated charts were offered for sale, the earlier outdated charts in the hands of mariners, pilots, ships owners and sailors were invariably discarded, subsequently making all British Admiralty issued hydrographic charts of the period rare.

 

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National Library Australia: Bib ID 4366673

Hydrographic charting of Australia History ( - )

Naval policy dictated that Admiralty charts be destroyed when superseded to avoid navigational error. It was during Rear Admiral John Washington’s period as the Admiralty’s hydrographer, 1855-1863, that a series of agreements were drawn up with the Australian colonies. These agreements provided boats and crews for use by officers lent from the Royal Navy to chart the coasts and shoal waters in the approaches to the rapidly developing towns, communication with which was seriously hampered by the the frequency of shipwrecks. It had been the discovery of gold and the consequent rush of miners and emigrants from not only England but California that added greatly the numbers of ships sailing to Australia’s east coast. This led to numerous petitions being made to Her Majesty’s Government to chart the eastern approaches to Australia to make for safer passage for shipping.

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