British Admiralty Hydrographical Office

1873

Antique Chart of the Bill of Portland to St Albans Head, England

Bill of Portland to St Albans Head Surveyed by Capt.n Sheringham R.N. 1848

DESCRIPTION: Old antique linen-backed sea chart of the Portland Bill, a promontory on the Isle of Portland, in southern Dorset, England extending eastward to the rocky headland of St. Albans Head. Two lighthouses are shown highlighted in yellow, an upper and a lower lighthouse. Key features identified by name on the chart include Portland Ledge, the Shambles, Weymouth, Melcombe Regis, White Nore, East and West Lulworth, Kimeridge, St. Alban's Head, and Endcombe House.

The surrounding coast of Portland, namely Portland Bill and Chesil Beach, have been notorious for the many vessels that became shipwrecked in the area over the centuries. The dangerous coastline, which features a stony shingle beach, shallow reefs and the Shambles sandbank, was proven more hazardous due to the strong tidal rapid known as the Portland Race. The Portland race, with short choppy waves and eddies, is caused by the constriction of the tidal flow between the Bill and the Shambles.

Published by the Admiralty March 5, 1873 under the Superintendence of Rear Admiral G.H. Richards, Hydrographer. Contains a pasted label for the seller, James Wyld, Geographer to the Queen.

See also a similar large-scale chart of Weymouth and Portland.

CREATOR: British Admiralty Hydrographical Office

PUBLICATION DATE: 1873

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: England

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CONDITION: Very good.  Clean and very bright. Laid to white linen with blue paper edging. An excellent example.

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SIZE: 24 " x 18 "

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PRICE: $265


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