White Sand Bay Cornwall
By HAUTTECOURT, Frederick de, 1702
Untitled Chart of ‘White Sand Bay’, Cornwall
- Author: HAUTTECOURT, Frederick de
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Henry Jones
- Publication date: c1702
- Physical description: Engraved map.
- Dimensions: 143 by 257mm. (5.75 by 10 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11347
The sheet contains a chart of Whitesand Bay set above an extensive letterpress text; the chart shows the Bay, on the tip of Cornwall, from ‘H’ (‘Cape Cornwall’), and the coast just to the north, south to ‘G’ (S.t Levant’), with the ‘K’ (‘the Long ships’) to the coast, surveyed at an approximate scale of one inch to one statute mile. The land was owned by Henry Jones, the presumed publisher, but was later acquired by Edward Boscawen, a vice-admiral in the Navy.
The text notes:
“… The Charges of building the said Mould, will be very small and easie to the Publick, but the Benefit greater than I can express, therefore shall refer my self to Mr. Hauttecourt, who together with Mr. Tuttell His Late Majesty’s Hydrographer, did lately survey our Western Coasts, and approved of this Place, as the most convenient Receptacle for Shipping, being the in and outlet of the Kingdom, and opposite to Brest. I heartily wish our Gracious Soveraign the Queen and Her Parliament would provide for the Improvement of this Place at the Lands End, ‘twould very much increase our Strength and Riches, as it hath France and Holland, by the Improvement of their Harbours.“
with particular advantages for Liverpool merchants, whose ships could safely over-night there on the way to and from London, rather than risking the treacherous waters round the Scilly Isles or swinging wide out into the Channel and risking capture by the French.