C1878
 (1900)

[AUSTRALIA-WA] Cape Naturaliste to King George Sound and Doubtful Island Bay Surveyed by Staff Commander W.E. Archdeacon, R.N. assisted by Navigating Lieutenant William Tooker, R.N. 1876-80. Geographe Bay.

Early edition of this very large and rare hydrographic chart of Cape Naturalist to King George Sound, with detailed inset of Geographe Bay and a blank inset which in later issues contained either Busselton Harbour or Koobanah Bay, surveyed by … Read Full Description

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[AUSTRALIA-WA] Cape Naturaliste to King George Sound and Doubtful Island Bay Surveyed by Staff Commander W.E. Archdeacon, R.N. assisted by Navigating Lieutenant William Tooker, R.N. 1876-80. Geographe Bay.

Date:

C1878
 (1900)

Engraver:

Edward Weller 

Condition:

Minor spots otherwise in exceptionally good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

978mm 
x 642mm

Paper Size: 

1020mm 
x 710mm
AUTHENTICITY
[AUSTRALIA-WA] Cape Naturaliste to King George Sound and Doubtful Island Bay Surveyed by Staff Commander W.E. Archdeacon, R.N. assisted by Navigating Lieutenant William Tooker, R.N. 1876-80. Geographe Bay. - Antique Map from 1878

Genuine antique
dated:

1900

Description:

Early edition of this very large and rare hydrographic chart of Cape Naturalist to King George Sound, with detailed inset of Geographe Bay and a blank inset which in later issues contained either Busselton Harbour or Koobanah Bay, surveyed by Staff Commander W.E. Archdeacon, R.N. assisted by Navigating Lieutenant William Tooker R.N. 1876-80. With two coastal profiles at bottom showing Cape Leeuwin and Chatham Island. First issued 2nd September 1878, large corrections April 1883 and minor corrections XI-1896.

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 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 As updated charts were offered for sale, the earlier outdated charts in the hands of mariners, pilots, ships owners and sailors were invariably discarded, subsequently making all British Admiralty issued hydrographic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.

 

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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