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From The Times, April 28, 1827:

".... THE NORTHERN SURVEY - Deptford, April 25 - Yesteray....His Majesty's brig the Investigator, attended by the Woodlark cutter, left their moorings opposite the Royal Dockyard, Deptford, and sailed with a favourable wind, to resume the survey of the northern coast. During last summer they were principally employed off the Scottish shores and among the Orkney and Shetland Islands. It is presumed that this season will finish their labours, which, under the direction of the Master, Mr Thomas, have been already successful, and led to the correction of several errors in the old charts. The survey has been undertaken by the express command of the Admiralty. ....."


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The Times, October 31st, 1804:

" ... FERROL SQUADRON ... Extract of a letter from an Officer of His Majesty's ship Ganges ... Mr Lockwood, late Master of his Majesty's ship Malta, has come home with very accurate surveys of the harbour of Ferrol and all the Bays in that neighbourhood: he has discovered several inaccuracies in the Spanish Charts. Rear-Admiral Cochrane has sent Mr Lockwood with the surveys, &c. for the information of the First Lord of the Admiralty. ..."



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The Times, September 21, 1796:

" ... Yesterday a Board was held at the Admiralty Office, at which a number of Officers attended to take up their commissions for ships to which they had been appointed; and the Officers who lately returned from a Survey of the Sea-coast, from Harwich to the river Humber, presented their Journals and Report to their Lordships. ..."



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I was reading the obituary of Charles Golding Constable, who was a son of painter John Constable and an officer in the Indian Navy. The obituary says that surveying operations of the Indian Navy were suspended between 1839 and 1844. Does anyone know the reason why?

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susan wrote:
I was reading the obituary of Charles Golding Constable, who was a son of painter John Constable and an officer in the Indian Navy. The obituary says that surveying operations of the Indian Navy were suspended between 1839 and 1844. Does anyone know the reason why?


In the latter half of 1838 there was a change in the command of the Indian Navy and the incoming officer was not enthusiastic about surveying. In the words of an officer of the Indian Navy writing in 1871:
“(Captain Oliver) the successor to Sir Charles Malcolm, unfortunately for the commercial interests of India, took no concern in accurate Marine Surveying, because he neither knew the value nor had any experience of it. One of the first acts of his official career put a sudden stop to all surveys”. Oliver refused to spend money on the Surveying Service.

Another officer wrote that “even after 1844, when a few surveys were sanctioned, they were confined to the narrowest limits, the officers were miserably found, both as regards vessels and instruments, their allowances were cut down, and the acquisition of all knowledge beyond bearings and soundings was coldly discountenanced. In (Captain Oliver’s) time, the Chart Office of the Indian Navy was one little corner of the sail-loft in the dockyard of Bombay, where numbers of valuable documents were eaten by white ants and cockroaches”. Oliver died in 1848.

In addition, this period coincided with the involvement of the service in wars in Afghanistan, Scinde and China which found employment for all available ships.


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Hi Peter,

Thanks for digging up the information!

IONIA wrote:
In (Captain Oliver’s) time, the Chart Office of the Indian Navy was one little corner of the sail-loft in the dockyard of Bombay, where numbers of valuable documents were eaten by white ants and cockroaches”. Oliver died in 1848.

That really is quite a shame. I can imagine how frustrated the officers who cared about surveying must have been to see hard work go to waste in that manner.

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