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Admiralty chart from Cape Town to Struys Bay

Title
Africa-South Coast Sheet 1 Cape Colony Table Bay to Cape Agulhas Compiled from the Surveys of Lieut. Joseph Drayman 1853, Francis Skead Master 1860...
Author
HYDROGRAPHIC OFFICE
Publisher
Published at the Admiralty, under the Superintendence of Captain G.H. Richards, R.N., F.R.S., Hydrographer,
Publication place
London,
Publication date
April 24th 1867, Large corrections October 1870. Novr. 1900.
Dimensions
1010 by 670mm (39.75 by 26.5 inches).
Price
£200
Reference
1843
  • Description

    Engraved chart, including tidal information, compass roses, soundings, seabed notations, currents, sandbanks, shoals, lighthouses, beacons, inland elevations and detailing, inset charts of Table Bay, Simons Bay, and Hout Bay.

  • Notes

    Detailed chart of Cape Town to Struys Bay.

    The British Hydrographic Office was founded in 1795 by George III, who appointed Alexander Dalrymple as the first Hydrographer to the Admiralty. The first charts were produced in 1800. Unlike the U. S. Coast Survey the Hydrographic Office was given permission to sell charts to the public and they produced a great number of sea charts covering every corner of the globe. Most of the Admiralty charts produced by the Hydrographic Office delineated coastline as well as high and low water marks and record depth of water as established by soundings. In addition these charts included information on shoals, reefs, and other navigational hazards that plagued mariners across the world. Thanks to the innovations of Sir Francis Beaufort, who developed the Beaufort Scale of wind strength, the British Hydrographic Office became one of the leading producers of sea charts. In fact, such was their accuracy that the phrase 'Safe as an Admiralty Chart' was coined.