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Blunt's New Chart of the North-Eastern Coast of North America
1819
Publisher:Published by Edmund March Blunt , 1770 - 1862
Publisher:Published by William Hooker , American, 1782 - 1856
Engraving; black printer's ink on paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 38 1/4 x 62 3/8in. (97.2 x 158.4cm) Sheet (height x width): 38 5/8 x 62 7/8in. (98.1 x 159.7cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: Georges Bank was long one of the most productive fishing grounds in the world. Schooners from many New England ports fished the banks for cod and halibut. While eighteenth-century American seamen relied on British charts, by the mid-nineteenth century, navigational charts were also being printed and published in America. Edmund Blunt, whose successor William Hooker published this chart, was the person who encouraged Nathaniel Bowditch to revise existing British navigational tables, resulting in the production of Bowditch's American Practical Navigator, which Blunt published in 1802.
Description: Nautical chart of the Atlantic Ocean off the northeastern coast of North America, from New Jersey to Nova Scotia. The map is oriented east-west instead of north-south, with the land mass of North American to the east or top, the Bay of Fundy and Nova Scotia to the north or right, the ocean to the west or bottom and south or left. In the top right corner are insets of plans of Squam, Portland, Newport, Boston and Newbury Port Harbors, the last three of which include scales. Georges Bank is near the center of the chart. Along with depth measurements, shoals, banks, "green ooze," different colors and textures of sand, stones and pebbles are marked. There are two eight-point compass roses with a symbol marking north and four smaller 32-point compasses, one of which marks north.
Cartographic Note: Scale (main map): Sixty miles equals twenty leagues. The insets also have scale rulers, but only contain one unit of measurement, either statute or nautical miles.
Inscription: Recto, top right: "BLUNT'S / NEW CHART / OF THE / NORTHEASTERN COAST / OF / NORTH AMERICA / EXTENDING FROM / Lat. 39.°30' N. Long. 74.°8' W. to Lat. 45.° N. Long. 66.° W." Top right, printed in black ink: "New York. Published as the Act directs, June 1813. / IMPROVED 10 April 1819 by the Author. PUBD. / BY WILLIAM HOOKER, / (Successor to E.M. Blunt) / 202 WATER STREET / NEW YORK." Verso, top left, handwritten in black ink: "[illegible] Coast 4th" Lighthouses are marked in red ink. Several pencil points and inscriptions marking a location: "Sunday / Sept 15th," "19 Sept." Other penciled dots do are inscribed only with a number, and some are illegible.
Object Number: 2012.312.136
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