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ROWE, Robert

Plan Shewing the Situation of the Leading Lights for Navigating the Needle Channel

Trinity House, London, September 1812
325 x 225 mm. (map), on double sheet of paper with text to the left side, some restoration to centrefold, one or two small margin tears, all very professionally repaired, small paper fault upper left, otherwise in good condition.
This extremely rare separately published broadsheet including sea chart of the western approaches to the Solent or Needle Channel was published by Trinity House. This is the official General Lighthouse Authority for Britain and is responsible for the maintenance of all the navigational aids. It has been in charge of this task since 1514 when Henry VIII granted its Royal Charter. The Lighthouse at Hurst Point in Hampshire was first constructed in 1786 however it was soon discovered that from certain positions it was obscured from view. In 1812 a new High Lighthouse was constructed, and this chart was issued to give instructions to navigators.

The letterpress description explains the navigation from the different approaches. It is accompanied by a fine sea chart engraved by Robert Rowe which contains two profile views and the seal of Trinity House. The Needles Channel is renowned for being hazardous, so this aid would of been of great practical use. As such a separately issued broadsheet like this would have a very poor survival record. It was printed for Trinity House by Joyce Gold, who had been the publisher the long-running Naval Chronicle since its inception in 1799.
Stock number: 9370

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