Auction 129, Lot 280

"Kennebec and Sheepscot Rivers Maine", U.S. Coast Survey

Subject: Maine

Period: 1862 (dated)


Color: Black & White

23 x 38 inches
58.4 x 96.5 cm

The Office of Coast Survey is the oldest U.S. scientific organization, dating from 1807 when Congress directed that a "survey of the coast" be carried out. By 1836, it was called the U.S. Coast Survey and in 1878, the name was changed to the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Today the Office of Coast Survey is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA.

The survey teams, composed of civilians as well as Army and Naval officers, charted the nation's waterways and produced a wide array of reports, survey charts, hydrographic studies of tides and currents, astronomical studies and observations, and coastal pilots. These charts are an important record of the changing nature of the nation's coastlines. In additional to coastal charts, the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey produced land sketches, Civil War battle maps, and the early aeronautical charts.

This chart provides superb detail of the coastline and the city of Bath and its important shipyards.


Condition: B+

Issued folded, now flattened. Slight toning along some folds with a few tissue reinforcements on verso.

Estimate: $180 - $230


Closed on 9/23/2009