Auction 160, Lot 268

"Reconnoissance of Cape Canaveral Shoals on the Eastern Coast of Florida", U.S. Coast Survey

Subject: Eastern Florida

Period: 1850 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

15.3 x 19.3 inches
38.9 x 49 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 attractive chart extends from Cape Canaveral to the Hetzel and Ohio shoals and presents a wealth of navigational information including soundings, soil types, anchorages and shoals. Includes sailing directions and additional notes. Produced under the direction of A.D. Bache.


Condition: A+

An unusually clean, bright example.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 11/16/2016