King, Peter Parker

Rare charts of Smyth and Fury Harbor Magellan Strait Chile

Ports in Barbara Channel by Capt. P.P. King, R.N. 1830

DESCRIPTION: Very rare engraved chart of Smyth Harbor, Fury Harbor and three other harbors of refuge, all along the Barbara Channel, one of three channels that connects the Strait of Magellan to the Pacific Ocean [1]. By Captain Phillip Parker King R.N. and printed just ten years after King surveyed the area aboard the Adventure, a stout ship of 330 tons. Chart # 1306. London. 1840.

King named Smyth Harbor after Captain (later Admiral) William Henry Smyth who had commanded the Adventure before King and who was an early member of a number of learned societies, well known for his hydrographic charts, for his astronomical work, and for a wide range of publications in varied fields.
"On the south side of Mount Maxwell is Smyth Inlet, which contains anchorage on the north shore, particularly one in Earle Cove; but in the centre the water is deep, and on that account, it is not an inviting place for a ship. [2]"

Scale below graduated in "Nautic Miles". Rhumb lines subtly visible only near margins. Admiralty, December 24, 1840. R.B. Bate Agent for Admiralty Charts 21 Poultry.

[1] The other two channels connecting Magellan Strait to the Pacific are Abra Channel and Magdalena Channel.
[2] King, P. P. Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe. Proceedings of the first expedition, 1826-30, under the command of Captain P. Parker King, R.N., F.R.S. London: Henry Colburn. 1839. [Online].

Captain Phillip Parker King (1791-1856)

Phillip Parker King was born on Norfolk Island (near New Zealand). In 1802 King attended the Portsmouth Naval Academy, entering the Royal Navy in 1807. King was introduced to surveying by the famed explorer Matthew Flinders, who introduced King to Captain Thomas Hurd (1757-1823), hydrographer to the Admiralty 1808-23, who gave him careful training. King was considered as one of Britain's leading hydrographers and in February 1824 was made a fellow of the Royal Society.

In May 1826 King sailed in command of H.M.S. Adventure, with H.M.S. Beagle in company, to chart the coasts of Peru, Chile and Patagonia. From the results of that survey King published Sailing Directions to the Coasts of Eastern and Western Patagonia, and the Straits of Magellan and the Sea-Coast of Tierra del Fuego, (1832) and Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships, Adventure and Beagle (1839).

CREATOR: King, Peter Parker



BODY OF WATER: Barbara Channel

CONDITION:   Good. Margin at bottom a bit short. On wove.


ENGRAVER: J. and C. Walker

SIZE: 9 " x 9 "


PRICE: $475


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