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Chart of Long Island Sound
1827
Printmaker:Engraved by William Hooker , American, 1782 - 1856
Publisher:Published by Edmund and George W. Blunt , American, 1830 - 1866
Publisher:Published by American Coast Pilot , American, 1796 - 1867
Engraving; printer's ink on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 6 3/4 x 17 1/8in. (17.1 x 43.5cm) Sheet (height x width): 8 1/2 x 18in. (21.6 x 45.7cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: Edmund March Blunt published the first edition fo The American Coast Pilot in Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1796. About 1827, his sons, Edmund and George William Blunt, assumed responsibility for the publication, now based in New York City. Early editions relied on verbal descriptions of sailing directions and navigational landmarks, but later editions included small charts such as this one of Long Island Sound. The Blunts continued to issue this essential guide for sailors until 1867, when they sold the rights to the United States Coast Survey.
Description: Chart of Long Island Sound from New York Harbor to the west to Block Island to the east. The Connecticut coast is to the north and the coast of Long Island is to the south. Lighthouses are indicated. A small sailing vessel is depicted on a course between Fisher's Island and Great Gull Island. Soundings are given. Notations provide additonal information such as "This reef sometimes dry" and "Good Fishing Ground." A scale of statute miles is at lower right.
Cartographic Note: One inch equals ten miles
Inscription: On recto, upper left, printed in black ink, "CHART / of / LONG ISLAND / SOUND / 1827" On verso, lower right, in pencil, "2007.83.0"
Object Number: 2007.83.0
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