Preliminary Chart of New York Bay and Harbor
Place Published: Washington
Publisher: Government Printing Office
Date Published: 1857
Description: Sea chart. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 30.25 x 26.5".
Comments: This beautiful sea chart shows the waters around Manhattan, Staten Island and New Jersey leading out to the Atlantic Ocean. Produced by the U.S. Coast Survey, the chart includes extensive soundings and sailing directions, as well as substantial supplemental information. Below the title and scale are a note about measurement and two tables listing "Variations of the Magnetic Needle" and abbreviations used on the map. The upper right corner of the map features a table locating light houses and beacons and a table with information about the tides. The map is in very good condition and has been professionally conserved and lined. Alexander Dallas Bache (1806-1867) was an incredibly prolific surveyor, who worked as the superintendent of the United States Coast Survey, which was first established in 1807. Over the course of the 19th century, the survey worked closely with the U.S. Navy to produce sea charts of the country's waters that could serve scientific as well as military functions. This crisp and bright sea chart of the waters around New York City is a beautiful document of this historical effort.Language: English
Book ID: 243929