[Hydrographic Office]. Port Sudan [and] Approaches to Port Sudan. No. 3492.

London, British Admiralty, 1929.

Standard issue, 700 x 1024 mm. Scale 1:10,000 and 1:25,000.


Detailed nautical chart of Port Sudan, the primary port of Sudan, prepared by the British Admiralty. Undoubtedly one of the best maps of the young city, which was built between 1905 and 1909 by the administration of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan to replace Suakin. Both the city of Port Sudan as well as the approaches to Port Sudan are combined on a single sheet.

The chart details numerous mooring posts, the port police, cranes and the customs office, as well as dangerous coral reefs stretching across the entire shore of Port Sudan. It includes landmarks such as churches and mosques, the Governor's residence, the public garden, school, and hospital, as well as sports clubs and the Polo grounds. Another interesting detail is the "pilgrim quarantine enclosure" to the south of the city, as well as the Atbara and Port Sudan railway. In addition, the Approaches chart displays offshore features like the Wingate Reefs and the North Towartit Reef.

The British Admiralty has produced nautical charts since 1795 under the auspices of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (HO). Its main task was to provide the Royal Navy with navigational products and service, but since 1821 it has also sold charts to the public. The Port Sudan chart was composed after an Admiralty survey of 1904; it saw corrections in 1916 and 1920. The Approaches chart is the result of a 1927 survey carried out by HMS Endeavour.

With a single fold. A few manuscript notes; stamp "Increase 50%" to lower margin. Captioned on verso in two former collectors' hands.

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