British Admiralty Hydrographical Office

1875

Scarce British chart of East Falkland Island and Stanley Harbor

Stanley Harbour with Ports William and Harriet surveyed by Captns. Fitzroy and Sullivan R.N. 1834 - 1839.

DESCRIPTION: Scarce, perhaps very rare, British hydrographic chart of the Stanley Harbor, Port William, and Port Harriett in the Falkland Islands. The chart is based on observations taken during the surveys of Captain Robert Fitzroy (1805 -1865) during the second voyage of the HMS Beagle. Includes an elevation view of the Cape Pembroke lighthouse.

A search of OCLC/WorldCat revealed that no libraries were found to hold the chart and no examples are online for sale. One one instance of a sale of this chart is recorded in the Antique Map Price Record, in 2006.

Originally published by an act of Parliament in 1847. This chart was printed with corrections and additions in 1875 from London. With the seller's oval blue ink stamp of Phillip, Son & Nephew, Agents for the Admiralty Charts, 49 South Castle Street, Liverpool. Last correction 1875.

Robert Fitzroy studied at the Royal Naval College. His first command was the famed sloop HMS Beagle. During the Beagle's second voyage (Dec. 1831 - Oct. 1836) Fitzroy surveyed the coasts of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the Straits of Magellan, accompanied by the naturalist Charles Darwin, whose later publications were largely based on discoveries and observations made during this voyage. Darwin and Fitzroy shared quarters aboard the Beagle and their discussions aboard ship are believed to have greatly influenced Darwin.

The main purpose of the expedition was to conduct a hydrographic survey of the coasts of the southern part of South America. The voyages of the Beagle established FitzRoy as an excellent navigator, a sound surveyor and a man of science. Suffering from depression, Fitzroy took his own life with a straight razor in 1865. Today a settlement on East Falkland is named in honor of Robert Fitzroy.

Chart no. 1774.

CREATOR: British Admiralty Hydrographical Office

PUBLICATION DATE: 1875

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: England

BODY OF WATER: Stanley Harbor

CONDITION: Very Good.  Strong. On heavy paper with no holes or major tears. Band of slight darkening at the top of chart. One tiny marginal tear repaired.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: J. and C. Walker

SIZE: 24 " x 37 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 51

PRICE: $3200


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