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Fisher's Island Sound
1847
Publisher:Published by United States Coast Survey , American, founded 1807
Surveyor:Under the direction of Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler , American, 1770 - 1843
Surveyor:Triangulation by William Harrison Swift , American
Maker:Hydrography under the direction of George S. Blake , American, 1802 - 1871
Surveyor:Topography by Ferdinand H. Gerdes , German-American, 1809 - 1884
Draftsman:Drawn by John B. Gluck , American, died 1852
Printmaker:Engraved by John Peter Van Ness Throop , American, 1794 - 1860
Engraving; printer's ink on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 14 x 17 1/4in. (35.6 x 43.8cm) Sheet (height x width): 18 1/4 x 23in. (46.4 x 58.4cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: John Winthrop, Governor of Connecticut from 1657 to 1676, was the first owner of Fisher's Island. He used it to raise sheep. The island remained in the Winthrop family until 1863. It was long the subject of a boundary dispute between Connecticut and New York and today remains part of New York State despite its proximity to Connecticut. The waters around Fisher's Island have been the site of numerous shipwrecks, including the wreck of the steamer Atlantic, which occurred off its western end in November 1846, the year before this chart was published.
Description: Chart of Fisher's Island Sound and surrounding landmasses with Fort Hill, Portersville, Mystic Bridge, Palmer's Hill, and Stonington to the north; Napatree Point and Watch Hill, Rhode Island to the east; Fisher's Island to the south, and Seaflower Reef and Potter's Reef to the east. Lighthouses and a light ship are shown. Soundings are given in feet up to eighteen feet and then in fathoms. The chart is surrounded by extensive notes and sailing directions. Scales of statute miles and nautical miles are at lower center.
Cartographic Note: One and a half inches equals one mile
Inscription: On recto, lower right, printed in black ink, "FISHER'S ISLAND SOUND" On verso, lower left, in blue ink, "67841"
Object Number: 1961.105.2
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