Charlottetown in Queens County, Prince Edward Island — The Canadian Atlantic
Survey of the Gulf and River St. Lawrence
L’hydrographie du Golfe de du Fleuves Saint-Laurent
Between 1827 and 1856 the first complete hydrographic survey of the Gulf and River St. Lawrence was carried out by Captain Henry W. Bayfield and his assistants. From the time of Cartier, French and British navigators ad surveyed these waters and produced charts, but by the 1820s these waters and produced charts, but by the 1820s these had become inadequate to the changing needs of shipping. The charts and sailing directions produced from Bayfield's work were the authority for the area until the 20th century. His relentless pursuit of accuracy set the standard for the Canadian Hydrographic Service, founded in 1883.
Entre 1827 et 1856, le capitaine Henry W. Bayfield et ses adjoints effectuèrent le premier levé hydrolique complet du golfe et du fleuve Saint-Laurent. Depuis l'époque de Cartier, navigateurs français et anglais avaient cartographié ces eaux, mais leurs travaux ne répondaient plus aux besoins de la navigation des années 1820. Les cartes de la région et les instructions nautiques produites à l'aide des travaux de Bayfield firent autorité jusqu'au XXe siècle, et le souci constant d'exactitude caractérisant toute son œuvre jeta les fondations du Service hydrographique du Canada, créé en 1883.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument
Location. 46° 13.877′ N, 63° 7.25′ W. Marker is in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in Queens County. Marker can be reached from Great George Street just from Water Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 4P5, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heralded Arrival… of the Circus (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Great George Street Historic District (about 210 meters away); Railway Car Shop (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Hillsborough River (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Threaded Together with Iron and Steel (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Hillsborough Bridge (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Carvell Building (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Railway Brass Shop (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottetown.
More about this marker. This marker is in Confederation Landing Park on the southwest waterfront.
Also see . . . Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield - Heritage Charts. Bayfield may be considered to have been Canada’s first chief hydrographer, although this is not a title officially associated with his duties at the time. (Submitted on January 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.