From Private to Official Hydrography: the Charts and Sailing Directions of Joseph Dessiou (1743–1822) and his Son, Joseph Foss Dessiou (1769–1853)

By Susanna Fisher, published August 2005


Joseph Dessiou of Dartmouth was of a seafaring family engaged in the Newfoundland trade. He undertook hydrographic surveys during his seagoing career as a master and in later life turned to chart compilation for commercial publishers. His son Joseph Foss Dessiou, a master first in the merchant marine and then in the Royal Navy, also undertook survey work and later became a compiler of commercial charts and sailing directions. He also worked for the Hydrographic Office in the latter part of his life, particularly on the computation of tides.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | English Channel | North Sea | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Biography | Merchant Marines | Navies | Science & Exploration

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