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The Irish or St. George's Channel.

  • ARTIST: James Imray

  • PUBLISHER: London Published by James Imray & Son, 89 and 102 Minories.

  • MEDIUM: Engraving

    DATE: 1874

  • EDITION SIZE: 40 1/2 x 75 1/8" plus margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: A scarce large scale, three-sheet, blue-backed chart. This chart shows the Irish Channel from Tevose head northward to Islay. There are twelve inset charts including, Douglass Bay, Milford Haven, Holyhead Bay, Lundy Island, Belfast Lough and the Firth of Clyde. There are also several land profiles and images of lighthouses. Working sea charts are inherently rare due to the nature of their use aboard ships. Although likely common when first made, the vast majority of them were either destroyed by use or destroyed intentionally when new updated versions were obtained. We have no records of ever seeing this chart before. James Imray, 1803-1870. Imray originally was in the stationary and account book publishing business. In 1836 Imray joined with Michael Blachford, a small sea chart publisher based in London. The partnership flourished and soon began to compete with the larger firm of Norie and Wilson. In 1846 Imray bought out Blachford, taking over as sole proprietor. The firm later, led by descendents, survived into the 20th century.


  • CONDITION: Overall in good condition. There is some tattering along the sheet edges and some minor loss of the neat line in the lower left. Original color red & yellow on lighthouses and channel markers.