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Antique Chart of Portland and Weymouth


Portland and Weymouth antique sea chartWeymouth and Portland 18th century chart
Portland 1798
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Portland and Weymouth Chart, William Heather dated July 12th 1798. Detailed 18th century sea chart showing Portland, Portland Bill, Weymouth, Portland Race, The Shambles. Includes fortifications compass point and numerous rhumb lines as well as many bearings from significant land marks and anchorage depth with tide advice.


Condition: Good paper, later hand colouring, slight cropping to left and bottom border, folding copy.

Title: An antique nautical chart of Portland and Weymouth by William Heather
Medium: Hand coloured copperplate engraving. Image Size: 330 x 410mm, 13 x 16 " approx.
Order No. 2870 Price: SOLD Paper Size: 330 x 410mm, 13 x 16 " approx.
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William Heather

William Heather (1764-1812) was and engraver and chart publisher in London. After working at first for the teacher in navigation and publisher John Hamilton Moore Heather set up in business on his own in 1793. He first specialized in publishing charts of British waters.

Produced nautical charts until his death in 1812, left his successful business to John William Norie. In his will Heather mentions his family, three friends, including Norie, , 'John Stephenson of Islington, engraver' and his shopman.

Stephenson clearly owes Heather money as, in the will, he is let off half his debts and is given two years to pay the rest. William Heather was also one of the two witnesses when Stephenson first married in 1796. Stephenson continued to engrave nautical charts for Norie for at least twenty years.

Heather specialized in supplying charts to the merchant trade, operating from the Navigation Warehouse at 157 Leadenhall Street, at 'The Sign of the Little Midshipman', a ship's figurehead suspended outside. The premises were immortalized by Charles Dicken's 1846 novel 'Dombey and Son' as the shop kept by Sol Gils: the 'Little Midshipman' was illustrated in the book.

1795-1801 - A Pilot for the Atlantic Ocean.
1801 - New Set of Chart for harbours in the British Channel.
1802 - New Mediterranean Pilot.
1808 - Marine Atlas or Seaman's Complete Pilot.
1811 - The New North Sea Pilot, Sailing Directions for the River Lawrence, The New North American Pilot, New West India Pilot, New Pilot for the Brazils.


18th century antique nautical chart of Weymouth and Portland by William Heather

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