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South Coast Harbours 1698
report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw

Title, Address and Orders
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A SURVEY of the Ports on the South West Coast of England from Dover to the Lands-end.

BY Edmd Dummer Surveyor & Capt. Tho. Wiltshaw Esqrs. Comrs. of his Ma Navy together wth. Capt. James Conaway & Capt. William Cruft Masters of Trinity House at Deptford

DELINEATED in July & Augst. 1698

Adressed By way of Letter to the Principal Officers and Comrs. of his Maties. Navy.

Orders to Survey
ye: Coast
Having receiv'd Your directions grounded upon the Orders of the Rt. Honble the Lords of the Admty. of the 6th: of June last, For taking a Survey of the Ports Westward of Dover as farr as the Isle of Wight and thence to the Lands-end, and to give their Lopps. an Account which way, and at what Charge they may be made most usefull for ye Navy
When ye Survey
Wee did in pursuance of the Same proceed on the said Services ye 4th. July last, and doe now present You with an Account of all that Wee judge observable of Them, with relation to the purposes of the said Order And thereunto Wee have annex'd a Description of each Place with referrances to the remarkable particulars of each Draught as their Condition and place respectively require for their Explanation.
And to the end You may take a fitt impression of the advantages conceivable to be reaped by improvements for the Services of the Navy, Within the Generall tract of the Sea Coast which is menconed in the said Order, besides what may be done at those Places which are already in use; Be pleas'd in the First place


to Observe that the particular Places Wee have Viewed for the Same stand Named in their Course & Scituation from the said Port of Dover Westward as follows Vizt.

What place were
1 Rye
2 Pemsey
3 Cookmere
4 Newhaven
5 Shoreham
6 Arundall
7 Hampton
8 Bussleton
9 Beauley
10 Lymington
11 Christ Church
12 Poole
13 Weymouth
14 Exmouth
15 Dartmouth
16 Fowey
17 Falmouth
18 Helford

No remarkable
place omitted
By which Catalogue and by viewing the Description of the said Sea Coast in your Comon Mapps, you will perceive Wee have refused noe remarkable Place how inconsiderable or unfitt soever it might be for the purposes Wee were to enquire after; Lest the Overlooking any of them might leave room to doubt that compleatness in our Account as to the Sum Totall of Places wch. Wee conceive in an implyed Sence was intended to resolve the whole Question, Namely Whether there be any beside the Ports now in use upon the sd. Sea Coast capable of improvements, and which way and at what Charge to be made most usefull for the Navy.

And having said thus much for a preliminary to the whole, Wee shall proceed particularly upon each of them in their Order before recited, Begining wth: the Antient Port of Rye.

museum inventory notes for the report
historical context of the report
notes by Adrian Webb

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South Coast Harbours 1698
report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw

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