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A chart of the harbour of Boston

This is quite simply one of the most important charts of the Revolutionary War. It exemplifies Des Barres attention to detail, showing accurate soundings, lines of pilotage, and the water channels through the sand-banks of the harbour.

Chart Information
Reference: A112
Date 5th August 1775
Hydrographer/Surveyor/Artist: J.F.W. DesBarres & George Callendar
Size Of Original: w 44" x h 32"
Paper Type Innova Smooth Cotton 315gsm

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This is a very rare first state edition of this hugely significant chart of the harbour of Boston, composed from different surveys, but principally from that taken in 1769, by Mr George Callender, late Master of His Majesty's ship Romney, and was originally published in two sections. In all likelihood it is related to the unsigned 'rough' (see Heritage Chart A107) and also to the surveys of Samuel Holland and his team of cartographers working in the area at the time (see Heritage Chart A104). Is unusual that so much detail of land relief and features have been included in a sea chart for published navigational purposes it and even more significant that it includes the disposition of military positions (batteries, 'intrenchments', forts and a 'redout').

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