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Auction 187, Lot 262


"Oregon Inlet N. Carolina", U.S. Coast Survey

Subject: North Carolina Coast

Period: 1862 (dated)


Color: Black & White

17.2 x 15.4 inches
43.7 x 39.1 cm
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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 informative Coast Survey chart features good detail of the Oregon Inlet linking Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. The waters are filled with soundings and other navigational information.


Condition: B

Issued folding with light toning along the folds and some fold splits, a few of which have been closed on verso with a combination of both old and archival tape.

Estimate: $40 - $50

Sold for: $16

Closed on 4/27/2022