The Bosporus is a narrow sea channel in the northwest of Turkey. It is an internationally important waterway as it allows maritime passage from Russia through the Black Sea to the Marmara, Aegean and Mediterranean seas, and then onwards to the Atlantic Ocean via Gibraltar. Geographically and culturally, the strait also divides Asia and Europe. It is densely populated on either side with the city of Istanbul lying on the south-western shore. At its widest point, The Bosporus is just over 2 miles wide. This is an area of great historical significance as it was a major point of trade given its location on the Silk Route. The  choice of a classic black and white archive chart lends itself well to this sense of history. The title informs us the chart was surveyed by Messrs. Ploix and Manen in 1854 under Admiral Hamelin and by Captain W.J.L. Wharton of the Royal Navy.

The chart includes a scaled-up insert of the area known as the Golden Horn. This is an estuary located at the point where the strait meets the Marmara Sea and is the division between the historic and cultural centre of Istanbul with the rest of the city. Two major suspension bridges are shown at this point.

The chart used is a lovely black and white one. It is complemented with a golden background and a silver mount with black frame. It is further enhanced by the use of surround lighting.


  • Location: The Bosporus, Turkey
  • Chart: Admiralty, UKHO, classic B&W
  • Surround lighting: Yes
  • Frame: Black, 500*400mm