|Chart of the Pacific showing French, German, Spanish & British occupancies.This map of the Pacific Islands shows French, British, German and Spanish occupancy in the Pacific. It was lithographed from a British Admiralty map of 1884. French territories are shown in blue. From Archives New Zealand on Flickr|
A is for ADM.
Welcome to the first of my posts for the A-Z Challenge. I am a family historian/librarian and my chosen theme for this month is all things Navy!
My goal is to feature posts on everything from ships to archival records, from job descriptions to places associated with the Navy.
I am based in Australia but my heritage lies in the UK so when I say Navy, I will be referring to the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy to a large extent. Please forgive my parochialism/ethnocentricity.
One of the most important things you need when setting out on an extended voyage (such as the A to Z challenge) is charts or maps just like the one featured on the post today. Maps for sea-going voyages are called hydrographic charts. They show the coastline, depth of water, shoals or reefs and other navigational aids. You can read about HMS Waterwitch and her hydrographic work on this blog post here.
If you want to find your own hydrographic charts in the ADM records look here.
The National Archives guide advises that the biggest collection of Admiralty charts is held in the British Library. It also suggests exploring The National Maritime Museum and the Royal Geographical Society.
I remember enjoying colouring in the blue for the sea around countries in Geography at school. Do you?
I hope you enjoy the A - Z voyage and of course, I would be delighted if you choose to leave a comment or observation on the theme/posts.