Hydro International –
As the USA kicks off maritime celebrations to commemorate the War of 1812, NOAA is releasing special navigation products that will help boaters enjoy the festivities safely.
Commemorative editions of ‘BookletCharts’ and posters can be downloaded from NOAA’s War of 1812 website.
These special editions have been developed from NOAA’s experimental BookletCharts products which can be downloaded and printed at home.
As people use the site to help make their plans for War of 1812 activities, they will also find links to timely navigation information, ocean observations and up-to-date marine weather.
Beginning this month, the public will have free online access to special BookletCharts that include nautical charts, OPSail tall ship parade routes, and historical background for activities planned in five ports holding official bicentennial events.
NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey is working closely with the U.S. Navy and port officials to make the commemorative events come alive with historical information for War of 1812 activities in New Orleans (17-23 April), New York (23-30 May), Norfolk (2-12 June), Baltimore (13-19 June) and Boston (29 June-6 July). Coast Survey has also produced commemorative chart posters for the five ports.
The PDF posters, available free from the web, depict naval stories from the War of 1812, illustrated with historical charts and artwork. In 1807, it was common to lose ships to accidents in U.S. coastal waters.
The nation needed nautical charts, so President Thomas Jefferson signed a law authorising the Survey of the Coast.
The survey would measure water depths, establish a spatial reference system to determine location, and produce the nation’s navigational charts.