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    Re: The Mapmakers--I need more!
    From: Brian Whatcott
    Date: 2002 Dec 12, 19:43 -0600

    At 08:51 AM 12/12/02, Jared Sherman, you wrote:
    >Trevor-
    >  distant waters when they did,>
    >  An Admiralty historian might very well have access to the letters
    > authorizing the surveys and explaining them.
    >
    >But considering the great amount of military action in the colonies in
    >those times, the actions which drove the Dutch out of New York, and the
    >obvious need to protect the new colonies from France and the Indian wars
    >(not to mention the insurrection of 1776), it would not require a crystal
    >ball for the Admiralty to foresee the need for good charts in those areas.
    >
    >British warships were doing plenty of action in the Colonies, one can only
    >imagine that at some point the Admiralty said "Damnit, we're going to have
    >those waters charted if we're going to keep sailing there." As you point
    >out, in their home waters they would at least have local knowledge
    >available, and the chance of rescue rather than shipwreck in a hostile
    >foreign land.
    
    
    When I visited West Point, I was struck by the great beauty and the obvious
    defensive virtues of this point on the River, where chains were stretched
    to guard against the possibility of a British advance along that route,
    which was seen as a serious threat.
    If I recall, some defensive works were dredged from that location quite
    recently.
    
    Sink Navy!
    
    
    
    
    
    
    Brian Whatcott
       Altus OK                      Eureka!
    
    
    

       
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