The Chart Room

I’ve been drawing ships on nautical charts for over a half century and I have used and accumulated a lot of charts.

The Chart Room
The Chart Room

There are currently 2,200 original lithographed charts in my chart room. The inventory includes charts from around the world, printed in 9 languages with edition dates from the late 1800s to 2010. Most have been used and have the added character of course lines, notes and coffee stains. Some are stiff from having been covered in salt spray.

The United States stopped printing traditional lithographed charts in 2012 and the British Admiralty stopped in 2016. Today, charts are printed on demand using wide format digital printers. The digital paper and printing process is not suitable for fine line ink drawings.