Historic voyage for Holland Map
Samuel Holland’s map has now returned to England, its second crossing of the Atlantic in the span of some 250 years. The first crossing was on a sailing vessel and the second crossing was by way of the Confederation Bridge, on to Halifax in highway transport and then by air from Stanfield to Heathrow.
The map’s visit attracted much merited attention; from the Holland descendants far and wide, from local and national media, from various authors and from it’s hanging in Confederation Centre Gallery as a significant part of the 2014 celebrations. Many came, young and old, to say goodbye to the Holland Map in the Gallery on Sunday afternoon, Jan.3.
Many were involved in the map’s return visit to the Island; officials at the National Archives of the United Kingdom the National Museum of History, Library and Archives Canada and with much essential funding, the Government of Prince Edward Island. It must have been an intricate bit of arranging.
But, special appreciation must go to those closely involved with the map’s restoration, arrangements for its transport, its hanging and its taking down. First and foremost to Lucy Angus of the UKNA at Kew but also to our own professionals at the Centre Gallery, the P.E.I. Museum and the P.E.I. Public Archives and Records Office.
In 1973, and despite the generous offers of assistance from Basil Greenhill at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, of the map division of the then-Public Record Office and of the diplomatic courier flights of the Royal Air Force, I failed to interest the 1973 Centennial Commission in a loan of the Holland Map. I am glad now that I failed as Lucy Angus’ work of restoration has been awesome and it will be in the best of care. Doug Boylan, Charlottetown