[Hawaii: Oahu.] U.S. Navy. Southside of Oahu. Washington, DC: U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office. Circa 1880s. 12 ½ x 16 ¾.” Original fold lines. Repair of 1 ½” tear at binding edge. Very good.
This is a wonderfully detailed chart of the Pearl Harbor/Honolulu area. It names Diamond Head, Waikiki, Honolulu (with street grid shown), and Pearl Lochs (later, Pearl Harbor) and locates numerous landmarks: school, windmill, lepper asylum, prison and several areas with heavy surf and breakers.
The chart appears to be directly derived from a larger, separately issued chart of the same title that covered a somewhat larger area (Hydrographic Office Chart no. 867). The larger chart was first issued in 1880 and updated at least through 1901. While a very short segment of Oahu R.R. is shown just west of Honolulu on the present chart, the much longer stretch of the railway that looped around the northern portion of Pearl Lochs is not shown here as it is on the 1899 edition of the larger map. Since the main portion of the Oahu Railway was completed in late 1889, it suggests that the present map was completed prior to that date. We have been unable to determine the exact publication source of the map. In any case, the chart (as well as its larger relative) is very uncommon; neither version is represented on OCLC. [ICN 7677.]