C1878
 (1900)

[AUSTRALIA-WA] Warnbro' Sound

Rare hydrographic chart of Warnbro Sound, Rockingham, Western Australia, surveyed by Staff Commander W.E. Archdeacon, R.N. assisted by Navigating Lieutenant William Tooker R.N. First issued October 15th 1879, with magnetic variations 1913. The regular updating of Hydrographic charts by the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[AUSTRALIA-WA] Warnbro’ Sound

Date:

C1878
 (1900)

Engraver:

Edward Weller 

Condition:

In exceptionally good condition, backed on linen as issued.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

637mm 
x 463mm

Paper Size: 

708mm 
x 510mm
AUTHENTICITY
[AUSTRALIA-WA] Warnbro' Sound - Antique Map from 1878

Genuine antique
dated:

1900

Description:

Rare hydrographic chart of Warnbro Sound, Rockingham, Western Australia, surveyed by Staff Commander W.E. Archdeacon, R.N. assisted by Navigating Lieutenant William Tooker R.N. First issued October 15th 1879, with magnetic variations 1913.

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 As updated charts were offered for sale, the earlier outdated charts in the hands of mariners, pilots, ships owners and sailors were invariably discarded, subsequently making all British Admiralty issued hydrographic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Naval policy dictated that Admiralty charts be destroyed when superseded to avoid navigational error.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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