Commander John William Reed (1826 - 1873)
Rare large scale hydrographic chart by W. Stanton Master R.N, made from the surveys of H.M.S. Rifleman 1865-69.
The map extends from Singapore Island to Banka Strait, from the east coast of Sumatra to 126 degrees east and, focusing on the waters south of Singapore, including extensive sounding details and sailing directions.
First issued in 1861 this chart like most Admiralty hydrographic charts has been updated as follows: 1904 large corrections, 1913 small corrections.
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 As updated charts were offered for sale, the earlier outdated charts in the hands of mariners, pilots, ships owners and sailors were invariably discarded, subsequently making all British Admiralty issued hydrographic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.
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