New Zealand

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949Coming Soon!DetailsBritish Admiralty Hydrographical Office1857
Antique Chart of the Northern Coast of New Zealand from Hokianga to Tutukaka
British Admiralty Hydrographical Office
$1,500.00British-Admiralty-Hydrographical-OfficeAntique-Chart-of-the-Northern-Coast-of-New-Zealand-from-Hokianga-to-TutukakaScarce antique hydrographic chart of the northern coastline of <b>New Zealand</b> from the Hokianga Harbour to Tutukaka, in the province of Auckland. Among the earliest available artifacts from the first full hydrographic survey of New Zealand during 1849-1855. At upper left corner are the uninhabited Three-Kings Islands about 35 miles northwest of Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of New Zealand's North Island. With large insets of Parenga Renga Harbour and Ohora River and Bay. <br></br> Based on surveys of <b>Captain J. L. Stokes</b> and Commander R. Drury of the HMS Acheron and the Pandora respectively. Among his many accomplishments, Stokes served as assistant surveyor aboard the <b>HMS Beagle</b> during its well-known voyage around the world with Charles Darwin in 1833-36. Hooker's brief biography of Stokes includes a portrait and this entry: <div class="indenttextblock"> "Stokes, John Lort (1812-86) - Royal Navy officer and hydrographer, was chosen by Beaufort, the British Hydrographer for the 'Great New Zealand Survey.' Stokes had joined the navy as a ‘volunteer first class’ in 1824 and by 1843, he was an experienced surveyor with the rank of commander. In 1846, he was promoted to captain and in the following year was given command of HMS Acheron. Between 1848 and 1855, Stokes surveyed extensively in New Zealand waters. With Drury’s surveys they were the most complete investigations carried out to that time. Over forty-five New Zealand charts were published in the years following Stokes’ and Drury’s surveys. Some of Stokes' data were also incorporated in maps published by Arrowsmith." (Hooker, Brian. Dictionary of New Zealand Map-Makers.<a href=" " target="_blank">Internet</a>)</div> </br> Contains a seller's circular black ink overstamp from "Reading and Wellbank, Chart and Nautical Booksellers, 366 George Street." Number 2525.
953Coming Soon!DetailsBritish Admiralty Hydrographical Office1875
Antique Chart of Bluff Harbor and Invercargill, New Zealand
British Admiralty Hydrographical Office
$875.00British-Admiralty-Hydrographical-OfficeAntique-Chart-of-Bluff-Harbor-and-Invercargill---New-ZealandLarge British Hydrographic charts of <b>Bluff Harbor</b> on the southern coast of South Island, <b>New Zealand</b>. Located across the Foveaux Strait from Bluff is Stewart Island (not shown). Bluff is one of the oldest areas on New Zealand where Europeans established a presence. The first European settlers arrived around 1823. A second, enlarged scale chart is at right of "Entrance of Awarua or Bluff Harbour." <br></br> With an inset chart "Continuation of New River to <b>Invercargill</b> / surveyed by Mr J.T. Thomson, 1856." Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost sizeable city in New Zealand, and among cities with a population of over 50,000 is the 5th southernmost city in the world. (<a href=" " target="_blank">Internet</a>) <br></br> The chart denotes the location of Maori settlements including: "Old village of Te Whero"; "Owi Village"; "Omawi Village"; and a "Freshwater Spot". <b></b> At upper right, sailing directions for Bluff Harbor from Mr. Thomson, Harbor Master in 1865 includes instructions for boarding a pilot: <div class="indenttextblock"> "Vessels from the Eastward, taking the passage between Dog Island and the sands, should give the island a half mile berth and steer about West for Look-out Point till Starling Pt. bears North, then steer in to pass about 1 1/2 cables length [ a cable length is about 100 fathoms or 600 feet] off Starling Pt. leaving the red buoys on the starboard hand and when abreast of it the pilot boat will be seen. </div> </br> Manuscript marginal notations (sailing directions) in French and two manuscript additions of bouys to the chart suggest that this chart was actually used for navigation in that area. <br></br> Based on surveys of <b>Captain J. L. Stokes</b> of the HMS Acheron. Stokes served as assistant surveyor aboard the <b>HMS Beagle</b> during its well-known voyage around the world with Charles Darwin in 1833-36.