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Chart of the Indian Archipelago showing the track of HM Ship MAEANDER

Date: 1853
Overall: 391 x 675 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Maps, charts and plans
Object Name: Chart
Object No: 00047302
Place Manufactured:London

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    This chart is from the backboard endpaper of a two-volumed text titled, 'A Visit to the Indian Archipelago, in HM Ship MAEANDER: with portions of the private journal of Sir James Brooke KCB', which was written by Sir Henry Keppel and published in London in 1853. The book contains chapters on HMS MAEANDER's visit to the Indonesian Archipelago, the Philippines, Malaysia and piracy in the South China Sea. It also contains illustrations by Oswald W Brierley. The chart was engraved by J & C Walker and titled 'Chart of the Indian Archipelago shewing the track of HM Ship MAEANDER'.
    HistorySir Henry Keppel was born on 14 June 1809 and attended the Royal Navy Academy, rising from Lieutenant to Commander and finally to the rank of Captain by 1837. Keppel developed a fine reputation for his role as Captain of a ship of the Royal Navy during the Carlist War in Spain. He went on to serve in China to suppress the Malay pirates in 1841 and in 1847 repeated this role when he commanded HMS MAEANDER.

    During the Crimean War, Keppel was in command of HMS ST JEAN D'ACRE and later HMS RODNEY. After the war, Keppel was sent to China again and he commanded HMS RALEIGH, which hit an uncharted rock near Hong Kong. Despite this, he and his crew sailed in three small vessels in pursuit of Chinese pirates, which culminated in the Battle of Fatshan Creek on 1 June 1857. Keppel and his crew destroyed the Chinese fleet before capturing the city of Canton.

    Keppel was pardoned for his loss of HMS RALEIGH and took command of HMS ALLIGATOR until his promotion to Rear Admiral. He retired in 1879 having achieved the rank of Admiral of the Fleet. Keppel died on 17 January 1904.
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    Web title: Chart of the Indian Archipelago showing the track of HM Ship MAEANDER

    Primary title: Chart of the Indian Archipelago showing the track of H M Ship Maeander

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