Sunday, 20 August 2017

Thanet area Maps of the Sea usually called Charts

One of my jobs as a shop assistant in the bookshop here in Ramsgate is publishing books about this area. I have all sorts of jobs that come under the general heading shop assistant that I don’t talk about, like cleaning any dog poo off the pavement in the morning. There are seven of us shop assistants working in the bookshop and some of us have specialist tasks and some tasks we all do, like cashier, we can all use the till although I am not very good at using the credit card machine but I am allowed to use it albeit slowly.

I do the publishing and the poo, with the publishing other people do the hard bits, the scanning, image enhancements, printing, guillotining, etc but the actual publishing I do. OK I am a bit vague about what the process of publishing entails – perhaps “sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits” is as near as I can get.

As well as books I publish maps and I am thinking of branching off into charts. Now most of these are crown copyright, but HMSO are very good about expiring the copyrigt and I can do reprints when the following applies. 

1  It is a photograph created by the United Kingdom Government and taken prior to 1 June 1957; or
2  It was commercially published prior to 1967; or
3  It is an artistic work other than a photograph or engraving (e.g. a painting) which was created by the United Kingdom Government prior to 1967.
HMSO has declared that the expiry of Crown Copyrights applies worldwide.

So here is one of our local charts for 1806, you will need to click on it to expand it and then click on it again to expand it again.
I you wondered this is our bit of a bigger picture
By 1955 things had evolved to something like this

and this

Back in the bookshop, here is the link to the books that went out on Saturday

Back to the chart, depths are measured in fathoms which are 6 feet or two yards 
This is for anyone suffering from youth, don't worry about it guys soon you will be old and then a very long time dead.

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