200 Years of Admiralty Charts and Surveys

By Roger Morriss, published November 1996


A scientific cartographer, Dalrymple was meticulous in everything he undertook. His charts were models of clarity and elegance, and as accurate as the surveys on which they were based. Most of the surveying and charting in the first half of the nineteenth century was more in support of trade than of military matters. The final development is the production of charts and other publications for the mariner in digital form. The international hydrographic world has moved fast to draw up standards for digital data. At this year’s Boat Show the Hydrographic Office introduced the Admiralty Raster Chart System, the first worldwide digital chart cover available commercially.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | Atlantic | WW1 | North Sea | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Mediterranean | Arctic | East India Company | Antarctic | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Merchant Marines | Navies | Science & Exploration

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