C1874
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[AUSTRALIA-SA] St.Vincent and Spencer Gulf Surveyed by Commr. Hutchison, R.N. and Staff Commr. F.Howard, R.N., 1863-73.

Early issue of this very large three sheet hydrographic chart of South Australia with an overall size of approximately 2,500mm x 700mm. The chart was first issued on 18th August 1874 and with only minor corrections to IV.1877. The chart … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[AUSTRALIA-SA] St.Vincent and Spencer Gulf Surveyed by Commr. Hutchison, R.N. and Staff Commr. F.Howard, R.N., 1863-73.

Date:

C1874
 ( )

Condition:

Repaired tear at right sheet edge, otherwise in good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

660mm 
x 980mm

Paper Size: 

695mm 
x 1020mm
AUTHENTICITY
[AUSTRALIA-SA] St.Vincent and Spencer Gulf Surveyed by Commr. Hutchison, R.N. and Staff Commr. F.Howard, R.N., 1863-73. - Antique Map from 1874

Genuine antique
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Description:

Early issue of this very large three sheet hydrographic chart of South Australia with an overall size of approximately 2,500mm x 700mm. The chart was first issued on 18th August 1874 and with only minor corrections to IV.1877. The chart extends from Port Augusta in the north (attached flap) to the waters south of Kangaroo Island and from Port Lincoln in the west to Adelaide in the east. A rare survivor.

Note this is not the smaller single sheet chart measuring 1030mmx700mm and numbered 2389 but a two sheet chart with each sheet numbered; 2389A & 2389B and double in size.

With ink stamps on the two large sheets of the well known Newcastle Nautical Stationers and Chart  sellers, ‘R.C. Knaggs & Co‘.

The regular updating of Hydrographic charts by the Hydrographic Office was to ensure that Commanders of ships, pilots and other mariners were able to have the most 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 As updated charts were offered for sale, the earlier outdated charts in the hands of mariners, pilots, ships owners and sailors were invariably discarded, subsequently making all British Admiralty issued hydrographic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.

 

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 4193458 (1875), Bib ID 4505551 (1879), Bib ID 235766 (1881) all lacking the lower sheet
State Library Victoria: APS 100 AJ 1795- (2389) (Small corrections 1936-39.)

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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