Robert Moresby (15 June 1794 – 15 June 1854) was a distinguished captain of the British Royal Navy. He was also an excellent hydrographer, maritime surveyor and draughtsman.
Capt. Moresby is a figure who has now all but disappeared from the records. But his vitally important feat in charting the dangerous waters of the Red Sea and some archipelagoes of the Indian Ocean, like the Maldives, Laccadives and Chagos in the 1820s and '30s ensured that the route from Europe to the East Indies became viable for the new steam vessels.
Robert had 6 brothers and 3 sisters. His eldest brother was Sir Fairfax Moresby, Admiral of the British Fleet, and Commander in Chief, Channel Squadron and Pacific Station.
Read more about Robert Moresby: The East India Route and The New Era of Trade and Communication, Lack of Accurate Maps, Robert Moresby Begins The Survey of The Red Sea, Survey of The Red Sea and Its Hazards, Other Important Surveys: The Maldives and The Chagos, Sir Richard Burton's Eulogy, See Also
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