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Newport International Boat Show 2010

October 3, 2010

We were delighted to have been able to present our collection of historic charts, maps and plans at the prestigious Newport RI Boat Show.

It is about 6 months since we were in Newport and it was, of course, very different from the cold, sleepy and rather white little seaport town that we encountered back then.  Newport is never more beautiful than in September with the still warm days of summer lingering, if as any local will tell you, you can put-up with the ever-present threat of showers and hurricane strength winds!

The show was important for us as we have in our collection some beautiful 18th century charts and maps which we knew had never been seen in this historic town before.  All of our collection focusses on the coast-line of the eastern seaboard and Narragansett was, back in the 1770’s, a hugely important region for the British navy.  The charts are of no less appeal nowadays to those who currently sail the waters and are interested in the hydrography, the history or indeed just the beautiful art-work.

We were delighted with the response and attention we received on-stand from all who saw us.

Most important of all were the fantastic people we met while at the show, amongst whom I’d like to mention:

Lisa DiRaimo of the Rhode Island Maritime Trades Association (RIMTA) who had the stand next to us, was fabulous company and just a wealth of helpfulness and joy.  Thank you Lisa!

Lisa Knowles, Sales Manager for the Newport Exhibition Group who encouraged us to attend the show in the first place – we still have a couple of charts with your name on them Lisa!..

Merrilee Zellner, proprietor of the William Gyles Guest House in Newport, who apart from accommodating us in her fabulous establishment throughout our stay was the font of all knowledge of the people and the town of Newport.  Thank you Merrilee for your walking-tours, sheer ‘positiveness’ and enthusiasm.

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Thanks also to Heather Jernegan and Steele Sartwell of  ‘Not For Navigation’ who shared their experience of exhibiting and moments of respite between customers. We hope to see you both again at another show..

See you all next year!

New – US chart of Rockport Harbor, MA

August 7, 2010

This chart is a 1902 edition of a chart which was first published in 1859.  It is one of a series of charts completed for the most comprehensive  survey of the US coast since the British lost control of the colonies in 1784.

The chart includes a great deal of hydrographic information which will undoubtedly be of interest to the modern-day sailor.  A good deal of land relief is include along with detail of individual houses, buildings and land division. 

By the way, here are some photographs of the town as it is today (at last – an excuse to bore the whole world with my holiday snaps!!), which qualifies as one of the prettiest places on the eastern seaboard. 

Out of interest – well to me anyway – is that Rockport was one of the last places in Massachusetts to allow alcohol.  Even today there are no pubs or bars (that I could find), although it is possible to drink with a meal.  I stayed in Newburyport that night..

This chart will be published in full on the Heritage Charts web-site: shortly.

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