Masindi Port, Uganda, East Africa


This map of Masindi Port in Uganda was drawn by the Geographical Section of the General Staff of the British Army, based on a survey carried out in 1909 by the Uganda Topographical Survey, and printed at the War Office in London in 1911. Shown are international, kingdom or provincial, and county or district boundaries; railways (operational and projected); rivers and streams; swamps; wells, springs, and water holes; and other natural features. The map is extremely detailed and preserves much of the data captured in the survey, including trigonometrical points, heights above sea level in feet, and topographic contours, both measured and interpolated. A note at the lower left states: “The Country generally is covered with thin scattered bush. For the sake of clearness, only forest and thick bush are shown.” Masindi Port is located on the Victoria Nile, which flows westward from Lake Victoria to Lake Kyoga and from there to Lake Albert. Steamboat navigation on the river was interrupted by the Karuma Falls and Murchison Falls. Travelers heading north on the Nile would disembark at Masindi Port, and then proceed overland to Butiaba, a port located on the eastern shore of Lake Albert. From there, they would board another steamboat and continue their journey on Lake Albert and up the Albert Nile, which issues from the lake. The map shows the major (first class) road heading westward from Masindi Port toward Lake Albert. The scale is 1:250,000.

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Great Britain. War Office. General Staff. Geographical Section, London


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Masindi Port: Uganda, East Africa 1: 250,000

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1 map ; 64 x 57 centimeters


  • From the Uganda National Fisheries Resources Research Institute. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Last updated: September 1, 2015