Jordan's map of the Thames

Lloyd's Register surveyor Charles Jordan's personal map of the Thames dry docks.

Charles H (Chas.) Jordan (1840-1930) was apprenticed to John Scott Russell & Co. of Millwall, London in 1855 when he was 15 years old. Working for the Liverpool Underwriter's Registry from 1871 he joined the Society (now Lloyd's Register) as a surveyor when the two organisations amalgamated in 1885.

Jordan was present during the first attempt at launching Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Great Eastern in 1857, acting as a messenger between the winch engineers. He was also present at a meeting between John Scott Russell and William Froude when Froude described the apparatus he was designing to ascertain the resistance encountered by floating bodies under propulsion. Scott Russell placed a hand on Froude's shoulder and said 'My dear boy, i have tried it all, and there is nothing in it'. 

Jordan's map of the Thames

Chas. was based in Lloyd's Register's London office and would also travel to Italy, France, Germany, Belgium and Denmark to undertake surveys there. But it was his home territory that caused him the most problems. He had great difficulty finding the locality of the many dry docks located on both sides of the Thames, and the best way of getting to them. He made notes of his findings and in 1882 published Jordan's Particulars of Docks, Wharves, & co, on the Thames (please note, image copyright Charles H Jordan, 1904.)

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