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Greenville Collins

Map Man, Series 1 Episode 5 of 8

Before the late 1700s no sailor could fix his exact position on open sea, so ships sailed close to land, which gave them landmarks to recognise, but also increased their risk of shipwreck. Greenville Collins's charts of the British coastline, published in 1693, saved hundreds of ships and lives.

Nicholas Crane takes a journey on a square-rigger of the period to try and re-discover what Collins did. He uses Collins's revolutionary coasting pilot to navigate safely round the treacherous Cornish coastline, sailing into a harbour and finding his way across dangerous open sea to Eddystone Rock.

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 2 Feb 2013 11:30


Role Contributor
PresenterNicholas Crane
ProducerRichard Klein