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A Directory for the Navigation of the Pacific Ocean, with Descriptions of its Coasts, Islands, etc.

A Directory for the Navigation of the Pacific Ocean, with Descriptions of its Coasts, Islands, etc.
From the Strait of Magalhaens to the Arctic Sea, and Those of Asia and Australia
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration

  • Date Published: March 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108059749

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  • The English geographer and hydrographer Alexander George Findlay (1812–75) had observed that navigators of his time had to consult a considerable number of documents to gather the information they needed to sail the Pacific Ocean safely. Not only was this highly impractical, it also exposed seafarers to conflicting information that could lead to their demise. First published in 1851, this two-volume nautical directory, compiled by Findlay from reputable sources, provided seamen with a single comprehensive and authoritative reference work. Volume 1 covers the shores of the Pacific and is a collection of nautical coordinates, sailing instructions and detailed descriptions of the topography of the coastlines, as well as the winds, currents and tides affecting them. Volume 2 focuses on navigating the islands and archipelagos of the Pacific. An invaluable resource for navigators of the nineteenth century, this work remains of great interest to geographers, cartographers and scholars of nautical history.

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    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108059749
    • dimensions: 247 x 171 x 75 mm
    • weight: 2.55kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Part I:
    1. Introduction
    2. Table of positions, tides, magnetic variations, etc.
    Part II:
    1. The strait of Magalhaens
    2. The outer coast of Tierra del fuego
    3. The western coast of Patagonia
    4. The island of Chiloe
    5. The coast of Chile
    6. The coasts of Bolivia and Peru
    7. The coast of Colombia
    8. The coast of central America
    9. The west coast of Mexico
    10. The gulf and peninsula of lower California
    11. The coast of upper California
    12. The coast of Oregon
    13. Vancouver island
    14. The coast of British America
    15. The coast of Russian America
    16. The Kodiak archipelago
    17. The coast and islands of the sea of Behring
    18. The peninsula of Kamtschatka
    19. The Japanese archipelago
    Alphabetical index. Volume 2: Table of positions and authorities
    Part III. The Islands of the Pacific Ocean:
    20. South Shetland - Antarctic lands
    21. New Zealand
    22. Islands between latitudes 20 and 40 south
    23. The Low archipelago or Paamotu group
    24. The Society Islands
    25. Islands between latitudes 10 and 20 south
    26. The Feejee islands
    27. The New Hebrides, etc.
    28. The Galapagos islands
    29. The Marquesas islands, etc.
    30. The Salomon islands, New Guinea, etc.
    31. Islands between the equator and latitude 10 north
    32. The Caroline archipelago
    33. Islands between latitudes 10 and 20 north, including the Ladrone islands
    34. The Sandwich islands, etc.
    35. The Coral sea, Australia, etc.
    Part IV. The Phenomena of, and Directions for, the Pacific Ocean:
    36. The winds of the Pacific ocean
    37. The currents of the Pacific ocean
    38. Tides, magnetism, ice
    39. Passages
    Alphabetical index.

  • Author

    A. G. Findlay

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