Stanford, Edward

1900

Superb late 19th-century nautical chart of the English Channel

A Reference Chart of the English Channel compiled by Lieutenant Hughes C. Lockyer, R.N. Navigating Officer H.M. Battleship Hood 1899 [1900] shewing the principal sea-lights and buoys, general topography and the heights together with the clearing marks for the outlying dangers on the English Coast.

DESCRIPTION: A very decorative, visually captivating, and informative 19th-century nautical reference chart of the English Channel. This original, rolled, linen-backed chart, based on data from Lieutenant H.C. Lockyer in 1899, was published by Edward Stanford from Stanford's Geographical Establishment in London on March 1, 1900. Stanford's, established in 1853, remains in business today, now at 7 Mercer Walk in Covent Garden.

Coverage includes relevant portions of the coast of Ireland, Wales, England, and France, with Cornwall near chart center. Scarce, especially in fine condition as this example.

Contains drawings of the uniform system of buoyage: starboard hand buoys, port hand buoys, middle ground buoys; pillar, spar, and gas buoys; and wreck-marking vessels. Of great visual interest are the dozens of lighthouses identified on the chart with the range, frequency, duration, and color of each light provided for navigators. The chart is filled with tide tables, general information, soundings and distances and sailing directions for numerous ports. Topographical detail useful to navigators is shown for coastal locations and for those inland locations where the height of a feature warranted inclusion, e.g. Brecknock Mountain, Wales at 2862 ft. elevation.

CREATOR: Stanford, Edward

PUBLICATION DATE: 1900

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: England

BODY OF WATER: English Channel

CONDITION: Excellent.  Laid to linen. Extraordinarily clean and bright without notable condition issues. No folds.

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SIZE: 42 " x 24 "

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PRICE: $1275


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