Utility of the Atlantic Neptune

Author: Des Barres, Joseph F.W.
Publisher: Des Barres, Joseph F.W.
Date: 1777
Location: Nova Scotia

Dimensions: on sheet 79 x 56 cm.
Call Number: G1106.P5 D47 1777


A striking visual was included with the text of the “Utility of The Atlantic Neptune.” A large British ship is sinking in rough seas, while the crew escapes on lifeboats. This image was intended to give the reader a sense of the danger that navigators faced off the treacherous coast of Nova Scotia. Prior to the availability of the soundings and sailing directions in The Atlantic Neptune, numerous ships were lost as a result of the unknown underwater dangers that lay in the path of their voyage to North America.

Appears in the author's Atlantic Neptune. London : J.F.W. Des Barres, 1777-[1781].

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