The Seas of the Beaufort Scale

During some recent work with weather data, I was looking at information on the Beaufort Scale and stumbled upon a set of evocative images of the various seas at different points in the scale. There was little information on their source (the reference link was broken), but a bit of digging found a page on the NOAA website, but no mention of where the images are originally from.

Beaufort Seas - 7&10

There’s something quite 70s about the colour of the photos – like they were found in an old cupboard drawer.

They come as a set of 13 (representing 0-12 on the scale) and seem to be scanned copies – the white background shows some minor discolouration and some text and images are at slight angles. They are, however, in the public domain and seem to have been created by the NOAA at some point.

They are such a nice set that I set about trying to fix them:
straighten any wonky scans
fix any blemishes
align the titles.

I also decided to remove the description of the sea below the image, as the image did the describing alone. I waved my magic wand and here we have the fixed set:

Beaufort Scale - Force 0Beaufort Scale - Force 1Beaufort Scale - Force 2Beaufort Scale - Force 3Beaufort Scale - Force 4Beaufort Scale - Force 5Beaufort Scale - Force 6Beaufort Scale - Force 7Beaufort Scale - Force 8Beaufort Scale - Force 9Beaufort Scale - Force 10Beaufort Scale - Force 11Beaufort Scale - Force 12

Not only is that a great set of 13 images, but they can easily be put together to create something that would make a decent framed picture for a boat:

Beaufort Seas - Combo 1

All 13 images in the set, fixed and presented together.

As there are 13 images, it was hard to create visually-balanced ‘poster’, but I think the effort above is my favourite. I made a few other versions, as well as some with just forces 1-12, which are all shown below:

Beaufort Scale - 1-12 Seas 4x3Beaufort Scale - Seas 1-12 3x4Beaufort Scale - Combo 2Beaufort Scale - Combo 3

Finally, if you want to download all the images as well as a .PSD for use in Photoshop, everything can be found in this handy zip:

Beaufort Scale - Sea Images
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4 thoughts on “The Seas of the Beaufort Scale

  • hi – any chance you would be interested in selling a color copy of the Beaufort Scale? Or know where I can find one? Have been looking and can’t find anything from these original 70s looking pictures… Many thanks for any pointers and hope to hear back. Sincerely, Jessie

    • Hi Jessie. I’m not 100% sure what you mean, but all the images are available via the ‘Download Zip’ button above, and the original images are in the public domain and on wikipedia. You’re more than welcome to get any of these images printed for your own use.

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