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Atlantic Coast of the United States
1863-1864
Publisher:Published by United States Coast Survey , American, founded 1807
Maker:Made by Alexander Dallas Bache , American, 1806 - 1867
Lithography; black printer's ink on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 23 1/2 x 27 13/16in. (59.7 x 70.6cm) Sheet (height x width): 26 x 29 7/8in. (66 x 75.9cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: Published in the midst of the Civil War, this chart would have been an important resource for Union and Confederate military commanders planning naval operations, as well as for blockade runners, and others navigating the coastal waters of the North American continent during those troubled times.
Description: Chart of the Atlantic Coast, from Cape Sable to the east, at the tip of Nova Scotia, to Sandy Hook to the west, along the coast of New Jersey. Water depth is expressed in fathoms, and a variety of bottom conditions are noted -- materials, colors and shades, and textures. Islands, shoals, banks, and ledges are some of the natural features depicted. Land is outlined, with black shaded areas denoting population centers.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 1:1,200,000
Inscription: Recto, top left, printed in black ink: "U.S. COAST SURVEY / A.D. Bache Supt. / ATLANTIC COAST OF THE UNITED STATES / (in four sheets) / Sheet No.1 / CAPE SABLE TO SANDY HOOK / Scale 1/1200000 / 1864" Left side, printed in black ink: "NOTE / The Coast line of the British Provinces and adjacent Soundings are compiled from the Brit- / ish Admiralty charts; George's Bank from the survey of Lieut. Charles Wilkes U.S.N. in 1837." Verso, right side, handwritten in pencil: "Cape Sable to / Sandy Hook / E Coast"
Object Number: 1982.129.2
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