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Nautical Charts Virtual Gallery


Digital Chart Images from the
Atwood House & Museum’s
Nautical Charts Collection

The forty-one charts below comprise the Atwood House & Museum’s Nautical Charts Digital Collection. These represent a subset of the Museum’s physical collection of Nautical Charts, which is more fully described on the Nautical Charts Collection page. Forty of the charts below were restored and digitized during the initial phase of the Chatham Nautical Chart Initiative, with funding from the Town of Chatham through the Chatham Community Preservation Committee. This project is described on the Chatham Nautical Chart Initiative project page.

The digitized chart images are located (with one exception) on the Digital Commonwealth website. These charts were scanned at very high resolution, and the Digital Commonwealth website provides special zoom technology for viewing the charts.

Click any of the thumbnail images below to view the chart page on the Digital Commonwealth website (this will open a separate window in your browser, and the new page is not part of the Atwood House & Museum website).
Click the larger chart image on each dedicated chart page, to open a deep-zoom window. See Viewing Tips at the bottom of this page for information about zooming in on the detail of any chart.

The single exception noted above is the first chart in the list below, as explained in the caption for that chart.

The charts in this digital collection are grouped among ten categories. Click on any category title to jump to that section.

A. Eldridge Charts F. Atlantic Ocean, Africa
B. Northeast Coast of America G. Europe, British Isles
C. Southeast and Gulf Coasts H. Indian Ocean
D. West Coast, Pacific I.  Far East, East Indies
E. South America J. Australia
A. Eldridge Charts

A1. Chatham Lights to West of Handkerchief (Upside-Down Chart)


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This unique 1852 chart shows Monomoy Island and surrounding shoals just to the south of Chatham including Old Harbor, Stage Harbor, Nauset Beach, Morris Island, Broken Rips Shoal, Bearse's Shoal, Butler's Hole, and the Handkerchief Shoals in Nantucket Sound. It was the first chart produced by Chatham native, George Eldridge.

This chart has been restored and digitized locally, and is not part of the Digital Commonwealth project. Its significance and history is described on a separate web page devoted to this chart, which can also be accessed by clicking on the thumbnail image. A deep-zoom view is also available for this chart.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.143

A2. Eldridge's Chart of Chesapeake Bay, with James, York, Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers


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An 1882 chart of the area indicated in the title compiled from the latest surveys by George Eldridge, hydrographer and published by S. Thaxter & Son, Boston. No other data sources are indicated. Aids to navigation are colored by hand (yellow and red). One pencil notation.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.095

A3. Geo. W. Eldridge's Chart A, Long Island Sound, NYC to New London


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This 1898 chart is one of a series of alphabetically designated charts of the east coast produced by George W. Eldridge and published in Boston. Charles C. Hutchinson of Boston is the General Agent. It covers Long Island Sound as indicated in the title. Aids to navigation are colored in by hand. The source of the data is not indicated. There is minor navigational plotting. This chart is believed to have been used by Captain John Taylor of Chatham on his ship, Red Cloud.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.082.001

A4. Geo. W. Eldridge's Chart D, Massachusetts Bay and the coast from Chatham to Boston and Gloucester


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This 1895 chart is one of a series of alphabetically designated charts of the east coast produced by George W. Eldridge and published in Boston. Charles C. Hutchinson of Boston is the General Agent. It covers the area indicated in the title. Aids to navigation are colored in by hand. The source of the data is not indicated. There is minor navigational plotting. The ship name: Thordis, is written on the back of the chart.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.082.002


B. Northeast Coast of America

B1. General Chart of the Coast, Gay Head to Cape Henlopen


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A Coast Survey chart published in 1852 from a trigonometric survey under the direction of F. R. Hassler and A. D. Bache, Superintendents, with aids to navigation corrected to 1878 and issued by Carlisle P. Patterson, Superintendent. It covers the area indicated in the title. Aids to navigation are colored in by hand. There is considerable course plotting and notations indicating that the chart was used in 1887.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.017

B2. Boston Harbor, Massachusetts


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A 1901 issue of a U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey chart of Boston Harbor (O. H. Tittmann, Superintendent) first published in Washington, D.C. in 1867. Dates for various aspects of the survey are clearly indicated. Aids to navigation are indicated in color.Detailed inshore topography showing buildings, roads, railroads and other features is provided. Some minor course plotting is present and the notation “Joe Ike Orange Blossom” and a sketch of a tug boat is in the bottom margin.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.082.005

B3. Atlantic Coast of the United States and southern part of Nova Scotia, Halifax to New York


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A small-scale chart of the area described in the title, Chart No. 941 was published by the Hydrographic Office of the U.S. Navy in 1886 and reissued as a New Publication: 119th, Ed. Feb. 1928 (small corrections were made as recently as 1931). Aids to navigation are marked in red. Detailed current diagrams are shown in red for fourteen different locations on Georges Bank and north as far as Browns Bank.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.082.004

B4. Chesapeake Bay, Chart No. 31, Sheet No.1, York River, Hampton Roads, Chesapeake Entrance


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A Coast Survey chart published in 1863 from a trigonometric survey under the direction of A. D. Bache, superintendent (Acknowledgments are made of those responsible for the triangulation, topography, and hydrography party) of the area indicated in the title. The chart was issued in 1877 with aids to navigation corrected to 1878. Some plotting and hand-written notations concerning aids to navigation and course headings are on the chart. Printed sailing directions for entering the bay by the Cape Henry Channel, the North Channel and for entry to Hampton Roads are given.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.065

B5. Chesapeake Bay, Chart No. 34, from Choptank River to Potomac River


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A Coast Survey chart published in 1863 from a trigonometric survey under the direction of A. D. Bache, superintendent (Acknowledgments are made of those responsible for the triangulation, topography, and hydrography party) of the area indicated in the title. The chart was issued in 1877 with aids to navigation corrected to 1877. Some printed sailing directions, list of dangers, lighthouses, data on tides, tidal currents and magnetic compass variation are included. An inset shows the areas covered by Coast Charts No. 31 to 36. There are no handwritten notations.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.007

B6. General Chart of the Coast, No. IV, from Cape May to Cape Henry


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A Coast Survey chart published in 1862 from a trigonometric survey under the direction of F. R. Hassler and A. D. Bache, superintendents (Acknowledgments are made of those responsible for the triangulation, topography, and hydrography party) of the area indicated in the title. Aids to navigation (hand colored in yellow and red) are corrected to 1878. Included are data on tides, lighthouses and beacons and the Five-fathom Bank Light Vessel. There are some handwritten notations and plotted courses and small sketches of lightships, some in colored pencil.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.005


C. Southeast and Gulf Coasts

C1. Bahama Banks and Gulf of Florida


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This chart of the area described in the title, variously labeled Chart 1 (1868) and Chart II (1869), was published by the Hydrographic Office of the U.S. Navy. The inset shows an 1851 chart of Key West Harbor made in collaboration with the Coast Survey. There are handwritten notations on the chart including one that says: “No light on G(?) Key 1880”, indicating that the chart was in use that year.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.043

C2. Gulf of Mexico, West Indies & Caribbean Sea


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This chart of the area described in the title was published by the Hydrographic Office of the U.S. Navy in 1869 with corrections to 1872 from the most recent U. S. Coast Survey, Spanish and British Admiralty Charts. It is labeled Sheet 1. Insets for the Anchorage of Cay Frances and Approaches to Cardenas, both on the north coast of Cuba by U. S. Navy surveyors are included. Aids to navigation are hand colored and there are some pencil notations and plotting indicating use in 1877.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.074

C3. The Bahama Banks and Gulf of Florida


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This chart was produced by Edmund Blunt and published by E. & G. W. Blunt in 1848 with additions to 1860. An inset shows Key West harbor in 1851. There are recognition profiles of locations in the Bahamas and hand-colored indication of aids to navigation. Acknowledgements to data sources are given. This chart was used by Chatham sea captain Simeon Taylor on the SS Mississippi. There are no hand-drawn notations.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.037

C4. The Coasts of W. Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana


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An 1838 chart by Edmund Blunt from the surveys of Gauld improved by those of the U. S. government published by E. and G. W. Blunt, New York. A hand-written comment indicates that the lighthouse on St. George’s Island is miss-located. Some hand-colored aids to navigation and an inset showing the entrance to St. George’s Sound by Lieut. Swift U.S. Art. Some very minor plotting.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.064


D. West Coast, Pacific

D1. Coast of California, San Blas to San Francisco


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An 1849 Blueback chart published in London by James Imray. It contains six insets of various harbors including San Francisco Harbor and its entrance. There are multiple artistically-rendered recognition profiles. Some decorative hand coloring along the coast is evident and the end of a voyage is plotted with notations. This chart was used aboard the ship Revere by Captain Charles W. Hamilton on an 152-day, 1852-1853 voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to San Francisco.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.096

D2. Pacific Coast, Point Pinos to Bodega Head California


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An 1862 Coast Survey chart (No. 675, A. D. Bache, Superintendent) issued with corrections and aids to navigation in 1878. It is centered on San Francisco Harbor and the area just to its south. There are tables with tide information and on Coast Lights and Fog Signals. The six artistically engraved recognition profiles include one of the entrance to San Francisco Harbor. The chart was sold by Charles Page, Chronometer Maker, of San Francisco. It was used by Captain John Taylor aboard the ship Red Cloud. There are no handwritten notations.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.006

D3. The Sandwich Islands (Hawaii)


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A chart of the Hawaiian Islands published by the Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, London in 1843 with corrections in the years 1865, 1869, 1871, 1879 and 1880 from "various but imperfect authorities". The magnetic variation is for 1874. The original names of the individual islands assigned by Captain Cook in 1778 are given in parentheses. An inset shows Honoruru (sic) Harbour in some detail. Aids to navigation are hand colored. There are no handwritten notations or voyages plotted. The chart was in the collection of Captain John Taylor of the ship Red Cloud.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.007


E. South America

E1. South America, Coast of Peru


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A collage of four, large-scale insets of areas along the coast of Peru published by the Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, London in 1840 from surveys by the officers of H. M. S. Beagle in 1836 with additions in 1859, 1863 and 1865. The magnetic variation is for 1863. The areas shown are Islay or Ilay Bay, Iquique Road, Ylo Road and Atico Road. The latitude and longitude are shown for a single point on each inset. Brief piloting instructions for several landing places are included. There are no handwritten notations or voyages plotted.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.200

E2. General Chart of the Coasts of Brazil &c. from River Para to Buenos-Ayres


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This 1860 Blueback chart was published by R. H. Laurie in London from surveys of the Baron Roussin and Capt. Wm. Hewett adjusted by later observations of Capts. P. P. King and Robt. FitzRoy of the Royal Navy. It contains thirty-one large-scale of insets of the following harbors and areas: Rio Janeiro, &c., Bahia or San Salvador, Sta. Catharina, Monte Video, Rio Grande de S. Pedro, Cananea, Paranagua, Maldonado, Santos, Marambaya, Porto Macayo, Roadstead of Cape Sta. Maria, St. Sebastian, Bahio do Espirito Santo, Abrolhos Channel, The Approaches to Pernambuco, Pernambuco, Anchorage of San Joao or St. John, Bank of Manoel Luis, Maranham &c., Mouths of Maranon, Rio Para, City of Para, Eastern Entrances of River Para, Ciara or Seara, Entrance of the River Parahyba do Norte, Port of Maranham, the Rio Grande do Norte, the River Jaguarybe and Fernando Noranha.. There are seven finely engraved recognition profiles including ones of the entrances to Rio de Janeiro and to San Salvador or Bahia. Aids to navigation have been hand colored. This chart (as indicated on its back) was used by Capt. Simeon Taylor on the SS Mississippi. Handwritten notations are absent.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.089.002

E3. Chart of the East and West Coasts of South America, Extending from the River Plate (round Cape Horn) to Valparaiso


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This 1853 Blueback chart was published by James Imray in London from surveys made by Capts. R. FitzRoy, P. P. King, W. Robinson and B. Sulivan of the Royal Navy. The chart includes the Falkland and South Shetland Islands with larger-scale insets of the Port of San Carlos, the approach to Valparaiso, Stanley Harbor on East Falkland Isle and the Strait of Magalhaens. There are multiple hand-written notations and nautical fixes from voyages of Captain John Taylor on the ship Red Cloud in 1879, 1880,1881 and 1882 (perhaps 1855 also).
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.012

E4. The Coast of Brazil between Maranhao and Cape Frio


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This 1880 Blueback chart was published by J. Imray & Son in London from surveys of Don A. Vital de Oliveria of the Brazilian Navy (1859), Capt. Mouchez of the French Imperial Navy (1860-1864), and the Baron Roussin of the French Navy (1820). Included are eleven larger-scale insets of the following harbors and areas: Abrolhas Channel, Cape Frio, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia,Town and Road of Pernambuco, Coast in the vicinity of Pernambuco, Maranhao, Ceara, Fernando Noronha, Cape St. Roque and The Rocas. Accompanying these are seven recognition profiles. Aids to navigation are hand-colored and there are some brief descriptions of some of these and some piloting notes. There are hand-written notations regarding a voyage of the ship Red Cloud in 1881, John Taylor, captain. No navigational fixes are plotted.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.001


F. Atlantic Ocean, Africa

F1. North Atlantic


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This 1866 small-scale Blueback chart was published by J. Imray & Son in London. It encompasses the North Atlantic from the coast of North America and the Caribbean east to Europe and the British Isles and the western Mediterranean Sea. It extends to 5° south of the Equator including parts of the northeast coast of South America and the west coast of Africa. There are four larger-scale insets of the Bermuda Islands, Fayal Channel, Horta & Pim Bays and Funchal Bay. Nine engraved recognition profiles are included. Data concerning currents are featured on this chart along with discussions of the North African or Guinea Current and the Gulf Steam as well as a description of West India Hurricanes. Sources of the data are not revealed. There are many hand-written notations and plots of voyages with navigational fixes shown as well as the locations of particular storms (a hurricane and a cyclone near Bermuda in 1878). Of particular interest are notations that reveal the use of this chart by Chatham sea captain Gershom Jones on voyages to and from Boston to Goree Island off the west coast of Africa in 1862 in the Barque Sylph (this predates the date printed on the chart). Almost identical trading voyages are plotted by Capt. Charles W. Jones (son of Gershom) for the Brig R. M. Heslen in 1871. Many other hand-written notations show that this chart was used in 1878 and 1880. Voyages to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Seas are also evidenced.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.081

F2. North Atlantic Ocean, Sheet II, Eastern Half, No. 22


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This chart was published by the U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office (Cdr. T. S. Fillebrown, Superintendent) in 1860 with corrections in 1872, 1873, 1874, 1879 and 1884 from the most recent British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Belgian, Dutch, German, Danish and Norwegian surveys. The chart covers the eastern half of the North Atlantic from longitude 45° W. to 10° E. and latitude 65° N. to the Equator. It includes the British Isles and the western portion of the Mediterranean Sea to the western shores of Sardinia and Corsica. It contains a Table of Trade Winds. There are voyages in 1884 and 1885 plotted on southwestern portion of the chart and some handwritten notations that are not readily decipherable.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.082.003

F3. Cape Verd Islands


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This chart was published by E. & G. W. Blunt, New York, in 1841 from surveys by Lieuts. Vidal and Mudge and Capt. D. E. Bartholomew, R.N.C.B. of the Royal Navy. It was engraved and printed by W. Hooker. It contains larger-scale insets of English Road, Island of Bonavista, Mordeira Bay, Isle of Sal and Porto Praya, Island of St. Iago. Its use aboard the SS Kin Kiang is indicated on the back. The shipmaster was Capt. Simeon Taylor of Chatham. Taylor’s personal handwritten journal of several of his voyages is preserved in the Atwood House & Museum archives and is the subject of an article by Cdr. Don Broderick, USN (Ret.) in the Spring 2015 issue of the Atwood House Log, pp 4-5. This article reproduces a note written by Capt.Taylor to Messrs. Oliphant, N.Y., the owners of the Kin Kiang, dated February 29, 1864 during his coaling stop in the “Cape de Verdes” on his way to China. This chart was with Taylor on that date in that place.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.088

F4. The Coast of the Cape Colony


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This two-section chart of the South African coast including the Cape of Good Hope was published in 1859 by James Imray & Son of London chiefly from surveys ordered by the British government. The western section covers from 32°30´S to 38°S and 17°30´E to 27°30´E while the eastern section covers 27°E to 32°E and 29°30´S to 35°S. There are large scale insets of the following places: Table Bay, Knysna Harbour, Mossel Bay, Danger Point & Dyer Island, Cape Agulhas, Plettenberg Bay, Great Fish River, Algoa Bay, Port Natal, False Bay, Simons Bay, Buffalo River and Bird Islands. There is a lengthy description of the Agulhas Current. Various places have detailed piloting instructions and there are many, many engraved recognition profiles. Some aids to navigation are hand colored. Pencil notations are numerous and indicate that this chart was used on various voyages from 1865 to 1879.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.003

F5. General Chart of the South Atlantic Ocean from the Equator to 65° South Latitude


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This 1857 Blueback chart, published by James Imray & Son of London, shows most of South America and the west coast of Africa. A “Notice to Mariners” pasted over part of the legend obscures an alternative title which reads: “…IOPIC OCEAN”. It contains four large-scale insets of the following: Part of Ascension Island, Faulkland Islands, St. Helena Island, and False and Table Bays (near Cape of Good Hope). At various places on the chart are detailed descriptions of various currents including the Lagullas, South African, Southern Connecting, Cape Horn and River Plate Currents. Eight engraved recognition profiles are shown. Many individual voyages are plotted with destinations including Cape Horn, Cape of Good Hope and Buenos Ayres. Pencil notations do not reveal the years the chart was in use.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.010

F6. South Atlantic Ocean


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Published in London by James Imray & Son in 1870 this chart covers the same geographical area as the chart labeled F5: the South Atlantic Ocean from the Equator to the South Orkney and South Shetland Islands. There are nine large-scale insets including the islands Fernando Noronha, Tristan Da Cunha, San Pedro, Gough Isle, Trinidad Island, St. Helena, Martin Vaz Islets, Ascension and The Roccas. As well there are ten engraved recognition profiles. A logo for the publisher involving a wreath, a shield, an anchor and a globe appears in the lower left hand corner. Many voyages are plotted and hand-written notations indicate that this chart was used aboard the ship Red Cloud and in one instance the year 1882 is indicated. Other evidence shows the shipmaster to be Capt. John Taylor of Chatham.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.002

F7. The Western Coast of Africa from Sierra Leone and the Isles de Los with a Continuation from the River Camma to the Cape of Good Hope


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A two-section Blueback chart published in London by J. W. Norie, hydrographer. The left-hand northern section (10°N to 2°S) constituting about 4/5 of the chart has corrections to 1860, while the southern right-hand fifth of the chart (1°30´S to 35°S) has corrections only to 1844. The chart is constructed chiefly from surveys of Capt. W. F. W. Owen, R.N. There are large-scale insets of Sierra Leone, the River Sherbro, the Entrance to the River Benin, Corisco Bay, the Entrances to the Rivers Bonny & Calebar, the Entrance to the Zaire or River Congo, the Harbour of St. Paul de Loando, Benguela Bay, Walwich Bay, Angra Pequena, the Bay of Saldanha, Table Bay, Ichboe, Cape Lopez Bay, Anno Bon Island, the Anchorage off Anno Bon Island, West Bay in Princes Island, St. Antonio Bay, Princes Island, St. Thomas Island, Santa Anna de Chaves in St. Thomas’s Isle, George Bay in Fernando Po, Clarence in Fernando Po, the Entrances to the Rivers Foreecarreah, Mellacoree & Scarcies, and the Isles de Los. There are numerous engraved recognition profiles. Lighted aids to navigation are hand-colored. Hand-written notations are minimal. Other information shows that this chart was used by Capt. Simeon Taylor of Chatham aboard the SS Kin Kiang.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.093


G. Europe, British Isles

G1. Bay of Biscay


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This 1827 Blueback chart, with corrections to 1853, was published in London by J. W. Norie, hydrographer. It covers the French coast from Brest south to Spain and the northern coast of Spain west to Corunna and is based on surveys by Tofino, Machain and others. Five large-scale insets are shown including the Entrance to the River Loire, the Entrances to Rochelle and Rochfort, the Entrances to the River Gironde, The Saints and the Passage du Raz, and St. Vincent’s Channel. Lighted aids to navigation are hand-colored. There is a very small amount of course plotting or hand-written notation.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.094

G2. The Irish or St. George's Channel


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Published in London by James Imray & Son in 1870 this chart is oriented with the direction north about 45° from the vertical to better accommodate the body of water between Ireland and England which is oriented along a southwest to north east axis. There are many large-scale insets including the following places: Holyhead Bay, Tuskar Rock etc., North Rocks etc., Lough Strangford, Carlingford Lough, Lough Foyle, Belfast Lough, Firth of Clyde, Douglas Bay, South Coast of Man, Milford Haven and Lundy Island. Many recognition profiles are provided, especially of lighthouses and castles. Textual piloting remarks, mostly concerned with currents, are printed in several places along with a table of bearings. Lighted aids to navigation are hand-colored. There are a few hand-written notations and minor plotting. Other information reveals that this chart was used by Captain John Taylor of Chatham aboard the Red Cloud.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.008


H. Indian Ocean

H1. Indian Ocean


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Published in London by James Imray & Son in 1869 this Blueback chart is of particular local interest, vide infra. It covers the Indian Ocean from Africa, north to Arabia and India and east to Australia and New Zeeland. Included are insets of the following islands: Cargados Carajos, Coetivy, Rodrigues, Wood Island, Tromelin, Reunion (St. Paul, St. Denis), and the Farquhar Passage. Information concerning currents is indicated on the chart. Pencil notations reveal a voyage around the Cape of Good Hope and north through the Mozambique Channel during the month of April, 1870 captained by Reuben Eldredge, Jr. (1828-1871) of Chatham. His wife, the former Celestia Hammond, accompanied him on the voyage during which she died of dysentery and was buried at sea on 30 Apr 1870 at a place in Mozambique Channel that can be located on the chart. Reuben died of smallpox the following year and was also buried at sea. The couple have their gravestones in the Chatham Old Baptist Cemetery.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.059

H2. Bay of Bengal


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This Blueback chart published by James Imray & Son of London in 1869 has, outside the left-hand border ot the main chart, two small-scale inset charts of the same region which show the currents in effect during the northeast monsoon and during the southwest monsoon. The many large-scale insets include the Bassas Reefs. Point de Galle Harbor, Colombo, the Bay and Harbor of Trincomalie, the River Mutlah, Preparis Island, the approach to Bassein River and the approaches to the River Arcan. There are printed notes regarding currents in the Bay of Bengal and the Ceylon Currents. Lighted aids to navigation are indicated in color. A publisher’s notice printed in red concerns the construction of three new lighthouses in the Gulf of Martaban which are intended to replace an existing lightship. There are a few handwritten notations and plotted positions.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.011


I. Far East, East Indies

I1. East Java, Madura, Bali and parts of the Java and Bali Seas


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This is a Dutch chart with no indication of a title or date. Various insets are dated 1822, 1834 and 1842. It covers an area between latitudes 5°S and 9°S and longitudes 113°E and 115° 30’E which includes part of the Java and Bali Seas as well as part of East Java, Madura and Bali. It shows the Strait of Madura and the Strait of Bali. There is no formal black border along the left-hand side of the chart suggesting that it is the eastern portion of a larger chart of the region. There are a number if recognition profiles and many large-scale insets including: Bay van Sumanap, Strait of Sapoedie, Kangeang, Bogt van Tjottek, Strait of Bali, Reede Boliling and Reede Tibonkos. Very minor pencil notations are present.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.091

I2. Kaart der Moluksche Eilanden en Vaarwaters (Chart of the Moluccan Islands and Waters)


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This Dutch chart is dated 1845 and 1847 and covers the area from 125°E to 132°E longitude between 3°N and 7°S latitude. This area includes the Molucca, Halmahere, Banda and Ceram Seas with the islands of Maluku and North Maluku and part of Papua New Guinea. It was published in Amsterdam by Gerard Hulst van Keulen and engraved by J. C. Zurcher. There are recognition profiles in the margins outside the chart along the top, bottom and both sides. One at the bottom shows the apparent eruption of volcanic Piek van Damme on a small island on the southern border of the chart. There are a few difficult to read hand-written notations.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.092

I3. East Indies, South China Sea, Java Sea, Southern Sumatra and the Bangka Belitung Islands


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This chart published in 1826 with corrections to 1853 by James Horsburgh, hydrographer to the East India Company, and intended as an accompaniment to the Book of Directions for Navigating to, from and in the East Indies. It covers an area of the South China Sea just south of Singapore (off the chart) including the east coast of South Sumatra and the Bangka Belitung Islands as well as part of the Java Sea. Detailed piloting instructions are printed for navigating the Lucepara Passage and the Straits of Gaspar on the west and east sides of the Island of Bangka, respectively. The texts contain warnings about lurking pirates, detailed notes regarding the currents in the straits and other matters. No plotting or hand-written notations are apparent.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.005

I4. Java, Blad III (Sheet III)


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This is the third sheet of a three sheet series of Dutch charts of the island of Java by navy second lieutenant P. Swaan published in Batavia (now Jakarta) in 1865. It covers eastern Java, Madera and part of Bali with the Java Sea to the North and the Indian Ocean to the south. The straits of Madera and Bali are shown. Three larger-scale insets show the roadsteads of Panaroekan, Banjoewangie and Bezoekie. There is a recognition profile of H. Pangka. Lighted aids to navigation have been hand colored. Only a few minor pencil notations are present.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.066

I5. East India Archipeligo, Western Route to China, Chart No. 2


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This is a James Imray & Son chart published in London in 1866. It covers longitude 103° E to 110° 20’ E and latitudes 5° 50’ N to 3° S. The area shown includes the southeast coasts of the Malay Peninsula, the northeast coast of Sumatra, Banka Island and the west coast of Borneo. Singapore and Singapore Strait are shown as are the Straits of Karimata, Gaspar, Banka and Brahalla among others. The island archipelagos of Biliton, Natuna, and Anamba are indicated. Lighted aids to navigation are hand-colored. A small amount of plotting and hand-written notations are present.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.013

I6. China Sea, Singapore, Banka, Gaspar & Sunda Straits


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Published in London by Charles Wilson (late J. W. Lorie & Wilson) in 1872 this Blueback chart covers longitudes 103° E to 112° 5’ E and latitudes 4° 50’ N to 7° 10’ S. In addition to the bodies of water featured in the title, the west coast of Borneo, north coast of Java, Singapore, the east coast of the Malay Peninsula and the Islands of Banka and Billiton are shown along with the Anamba and Natuna Island archipelagoes. Included are two larger-scale insets are of the Banka and Gaspar Straits. The Carimata Strait between the western portion of the Java Sea and the China Sea is shown. There is a small amount of plotting of part of an 1874 voyage of the ship Red Cloud mastered by Captain John Taylor of Chatham.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.009

I7. China Sea, Sheet 1


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This chart, published by James Horsburgh, hydrographer to the East India Company, in 1821 with additions to 1859, covers the area from longitudes 103° E to 122° 30’ E and latitudes from 12° N to 0° 30’ S. The marine survey was carried out by Captain D. Ross and his Lieutenants P. Maughan, I. Crawford and I. Houghton of the Bombay Marine. Shown are the islands of Borneo, Palawan, and Celebes as well as Singapore and part of the coasts of the Malay Peninsula and Cambodia. Bodies of water include the Sooloo Sea, the Celebes Sea and the Macassar Strait between Borneo and Celebes and Gulf of Tominie. There are many diminutive recognition profiles. Pencil notations indicate that the chart was used aboard the SS Kin Kiang in the month of May. Other information suggests that the plotting was done by Captain Simeon Taylor on an 1864 voyage to China where the Kin Kiang was to serve as a packet steamer on the Yangtze Kiang for several years thereafter.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.086.002

I8. Strait of Malacca to Singapore


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Published in London by Charles Wilson (late J. W. Lorie & Wilson) in 1852 with additions to 1872 this Blueback chart covers longitudes 95° 20’ E to 105° 30’ and latitudes 5° 20’ N to 1° 10’ S. Drawn from the late Dutch and English surveys by J. S. Hobbs, hydrographer, it shows The Strait of Malacca which lies between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. At the southern terminus of the strait lies Singapore and the Strait of Singapore. A large inset with the Supplementary Plan to the Entrance of the [Malacca] Strait that extends slightly to the north and west of the main chart is included as are insets of Singapore Harbour and Roads, Penang or Prince of Wales Island and the Singapore Strait. Lighted aids to navigation are hand-colored and there are six recognition profiles. No course plotting or hand-written notations of any kind are evident. Other information indicates that this chart was the property of Captain John Taylor of the ship Red Cloud.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.083.004


J. Australia

J1. South Coast of Australia, Port Phillip


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This fairly large-scale chart of Port Phillip Bay, just to the south of Melbourne, is probably one of a series of charts of the south coast of Australia published by the Hydrographic Office of the [British] Admiralty. It reports the results of surveys by Lieutenants T. M. Symonds and H. R. Henry of HMS Rattlesnake in 1836 and a subsequent survey of the Entrance Channel by Commander I. C. Wickham of HMS Beagle in 1842, shown as an inset. It covers longitudes 144° 21’ E to 145° 20’ E and latitudes 37° 49’ S to 38° 23’ S. There are no hand-written notations of any kind. A portion of the inset in the lower right-hand corner of the chart is missing.
AHM Object ID: X.5500.046




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