John William Norie

John William Norie (1772, London – 1843), was a mathematician, hydrographer, chart maker and publisher of nautical books most famous for his Epitome of Practical Navigation (1805) which became a standard work on navigation and went through many editions as did many of Norie's works.

Norie began his career working with William Heather, who had in 1765 taken over chart publishers Mount and Page and who ran the Naval Academy and Naval Warehouse in Leadenhall Street from 1795; the Naval Warehouse provided navigational instruments, charts, and books on navigation. Norie took over the Naval Warehouse after Heather's retirement and founded the company J.W. Norie and Company in 1813. After Norie's death the company became Norie and Wilson, then in 1903 Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson.

Charles Dickens later used the Naval Warehouse in Dombey and Son.


  • The Epitome of Practical Navigation (1805) - revised 1852 as A complete epitome of practical navigation
  • Complete East India Pilot (1816)
  • The shipwright's vade-mecum (1822)
  • Complete North Sea and Baltic Pilot (1824) - reissued 1848
  • Complete North America and United States Pilot (1825)
  • Piloting Directions for the River and Gulf of St. Lawrence (1826)
  • West India directory, containing instructions for navigating the Caribbee (1827)
  • Complete British and Irish Coasting Pilot (1835) - reissued 1845
  • Plates Descriptive of the Maritime Flags of All Nations (1838)
  • The naval gazetteer, biographer, and chronologist; new and improved (1842)
  • Complete Mediterranean Pilot (1845)
  • Brazil and South American Pilot (c. 1850)
  • Sailing directions for the navigation of the North Sea (1852)


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