British Admiralty Hydrographical Office

Antique Chart of the Dorset Coast with Weymouth and Portland, England

Weymouth and Portland Surveyed by Capt.n Sheringham, Lieut. Cox and Mr Taylor, R.N. 1850

DESCRIPTION: Large-scale detailed antique linen-backed sea chart of Weymouth, the West Bay, the Shambles, Portland Harbour, and Portland Bill, a promontory on the Isle of Portland, in southern Dorset, England. Two lighthouses are shown highlighted in yellow, an high light and a lower lighthouse. Three attractive inset elevation views at bottom include: Anvil Point, Wyke Regis Church, and the Small Chalk Pit.

Portland Bill and the nearby area 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.

Key features identified by name on the chart include Portland Ledge, Chesilton, a merchant ships anchorage, the man of war anchorage, the Shambles, Weymouth, Melcombe Regis, Jordan Hill, Ringsted Ledge, and Holworth Cliff.

Published by the Admiralty May 9, 1855 with corrections to 1873. Contains a pasted label for the seller, J. Wyld, Geographer to the Queen. Scale 1/18,200.

See also a similar small-scale chart covering a wider area of the Dorset coast to St. Alban's Head.

CREATOR: British Admiralty Hydrographical Office




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


ENGRAVER: J & C Walker

SIZE: 24 " x 18 "


PRICE: $285


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