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Large, detailed sea chart of the West Coast of North America with added notations and sighting information.

Place/Date: London / 1895
$900.
Title: Pacific Ocean. Eastern Part. Cape Corrientes, Mexico to Kadiak Island. Compiled from the most recent Surveys in the Hydrographical Office. 1876. London, 21 June 1877
Dimensions
54.5 x 104 cm (21.5 x 41 in)
Identifier
NL-00598
Coloring
Uncolored
Condition Rating
VG

Description

With additions to 1895. This large chart shows virtually all of the Pacific Coast of North America in excellent detail inland as far as Denver. It covers all of Southern Alaska on the eve of the Klondike Gold Rush. Very few settlements of any kind are yet shown in Alaska, and the boundary with Canada is sketchily laid down.

The railroad network for the Western United States in shown in detail. In addition to the Union and Central Pacific, the Northern Pacific appears, as well as a web of lines in the Central Valley of California.

This was a working chart, used on board an unidentified ship. The route of a voyage (June-July 1895) from San Francisco to south of the equator is laid down in pencil and red ink.

Cartographer(s)

British Admiralty Hydrographic Office

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is the UK’s agency for providing hydrographic and marine geospatial data to mariners and maritime organizations across the world.

The Admiralty’s first Hydrographer was Alexander Dalrymple, appointed in 1795 on the order of King George III and the existing charts were brought together and catalogued.

Dalrymple was succeeded on his death in 1808 by Captain Thomas Hurd, under whose stewardship the department was given permission to sell charts to the public in 1821.

Rear-Admiral Sir W. Edward Parry was appointed Hydrographer in 1823 after his second expedition to discover a Northwest Passage. In 1825 some 736 charts and coastal views were being offered for sale by the Hydrographic Office.

Condition Description

Cloth-backed, some soiling, but overall a very good example with manuscript additions.

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