AN “The Portolan,” Issue 112 (Winter 2021): Table of Contents

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ISSUE 112 (Winter 2021)

Issue 112 (Winter 2021) was published in January 2022 and is in distribution to all members of the Washington Map Society.

This issue includes Paul Hughes’s research on Captain William Hilton’s charting of the Cape Fear River area of North Carolina, Joseph W. Grubbs’s investigation of an imagined city in nineteenth-century Virginia, Frederic Shauger’s comparison of modified maps of the Ulm Ptolemy, Andrew Rhodes’s mystery of Lake Alexandra in Africa, Leigh Lockwood’s conversation with Dick Walker about The Living New Deal, and three book reviews.


The Portolan is published three times per year; issue 113 is due for release in May 2022.


CONTENTS OF ISSUE 112 – Winter 2021

“Hilton’s Carolina Pilotage with Shapley’s Chart before Locke and Lancaster,” by Paul Hughes

“The Dunn Plat: An Adaptation of Joseph Smith’s Plan for the City of Zion in Nineteenth-Century Virginia,” by Joseph W. Grubbs

“To the Иth Degree: The Presence of the Letter И on the Maps of the Ulm Ptolemy, by Fredric Shauger

“The Brief Cartographic Life of Lake Alexandra,” by Andrew Rhodes

“Easy! Stick Some Pins in a Map, and Send It to the Printer [],” by Leigh Lockwood

This regular feature, a bibliographic listing of articles and books appearing worldwide on antique maps and globes and the history of cartography, is compiled by Leah M. Thomas.


Mapping an Atlantic World, Circa 1500 (Reviewer: Richard Pflederer)

Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border (Reviewer: Kwangmin Kim)

Historical Sea Charts: Visions and Voyages Through the Ages (Reviewer: Chuck Ashman)


  1. WMS President’s Winter 2021/2022 Letter, by Jeffrey Katz
  2. Winner, 2021 Ristow Prize Competition Announced
  3. Washington Map Society Meetings, Winter/Spring 2022
  4. Exhibitions and Meetings
  5. Ristow Prize Competition 2022
  6. Cartographic Notes, by Tom Sander
  7. Map Site Seeing
  8. Remembrances:
    1. Duncan MacRae Payne 1941–2021
    2. Anne Malone 1932–2021
    3. Albert Small 1925–2021, by Tom Sander
    4. Joseph Fitzgerald 1931–2021, by John Docktor



CHUCK ASHMAN is a South Carolina based dealer in unusual maps and antique nautical paper artifacts including sea charts, port plans, maritime prints, and ephemera. He has operated an online-only retail presence,, since 2010.

JOHN W. DOCKTOR is a former president of the Washington Map Society and manages membership for the Society.

JOSEPH W. GRUBBS, Ph.D., specializes in urban history and the spatial dimensions of urban development. He has nearly three decades of experience in urban planning, land-use policy, and geospatial analysis. Grubbs has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Florida, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional.

With a PhD in engineering, the master mariner, PAUL HUGHES, provides marine consultancy to shipping, oil majors and port authorities. His publications within hydrography range from charts and tidal prediction through sailing directions.

KWANGMIN KIM teaches Chinese History at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and specializes in the history of Chinese borderlands. He is the author of Borderland Capitalism: Turkestan Produce, Qing Silver, and the Birth of an Eastern Market (Stanford, 2016). Currently, he is conducting research on hunting and mining gold in Manchuria, 1800–1920.

LEIGH LOCKWOOD’s map interests lie mostly with strip maps and the accompanying commentary, and his social/economic interests revolve around the economic and social causes of the Great Depression, study of life and programs during the Depression, and recovery.

MATT MINGUS is Book Review Editor of The Portolan and Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico-Gallup.

RICHARD PFLEDERER is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Portolan, and he also serves as president of the Williamsburg Map Circle. He is the author of Finding their Way at Sea and the Commentaryaccompanying the facsimile edition of the Andrea Benincasa Atlas of 1476 as well as several reference books and articles on the subject of nautical cartography. He also serves as advisor to the MEDEA chart project in Lisbon.

ANDREW RHODES is a career civil servant and a member of the Washington Map Society Board of Directors. He won the WMS Ristow Prize in 2019 and has published in Cartographic Perspectives, Texas National Security Review, and Journal of Advanced Military Studies. He earned Master’s degrees from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the United States Naval War College, and a certificate in Geographic Information Sciences from the University of North Dakota. His written work and original maps are available online at

THOMAS SANDER is Editor Emeritus of The Portolan.

FRED SHAUGER is the past President of the New York Map Society and still serves on its board of directors. He has a life-long interest in maps particularly from the Age of Discovery. Fred’s collection also includes maps of countries to which he has traveled. Shauger has contributed book reviews and an article about the maps by Giovanni Baptista Boazio to The Portolan. He is a member of the Washington Map Society, New York Map Society, IMCoS, and the Phillips Society. He lives and works in New Jersey.

LEAH M. THOMAS is Editor of The Portolan and Assistant Professor of English at Virginia State University in Petersburg.

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