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NOAA's Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey (C&GS) Collection
Catalog of Images

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Hydrographic survey of the Anchorage at Monterey showing the Presidio. Location of kelp is shown as well as general configuration of coastline. By Lieutenant Henry A. Wise, USN. USN Survey.
California, Monterey 1847
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Title block to "Offshore Soundings south of Cape Henlopen." These were among the first offshore soundings to show the continental shelf break.
Delaware, Offshore 1847
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Airway Map No. 135 Salt Lake City Utah to Boise Idaho May 1930.
Massachusetts, Nantucket Shoals 1930
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Airway Map No. 137-A December 1930. The Columbia River Gorge. First Edition.
Massachusetts, Nantucket Shoals 1930
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Sketch of Charleston Harbor showing triangulation by Charles Boutelle.
South Carolina, Charleston Harbor 1849
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Title block to "the North Side of Charleston Harbor."
South Carolina, Charleston Harbor 1849
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A sketch of "Reconnaissance of Florida Keys, Biscayne Bay & Cards Sound." Sketch F of Annual Report for 1849 showing triangulation completed to 1849.
Florida, Biscayne Bay 1849
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Hydrographic survey H-240. "Reconnaissance of the West Coast from Monterey to the Columbia River" by the party under Lt. William P. McArthur. .
California, West Coast 1850
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Preliminary survey H-590 of "The Approaches to D'Wamish Bay, Washington Ter."
Washington, D'Wamish Bay 1856
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Section of the Preliminary survey H-590 of "The Approaches to D'Wamish Bay, Washing Ter." Note Seattle on the east side of the bay.
Washington, D'Wamish Bay 1856
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Sketch F No.4 of "Proposed Base at Cape Florida".
Florida, Cape Florida 1850
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Sketch F No.3 of "Proposed Base at Cape Sable, Florida."
Florida, Cape Sable 1850
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Embracing surveys of the "Farallones Entrance to the Bay of San Francisco, Bays of San Francisco and San Pablo, Straights of Carquines and Suisun Bay and the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers" by Cadwalader Ringgold, Commander U.S. Navy. This was a privately produced map as it is inscribed to William H. Aspinwall, Esq.
California, San Francisco 1850
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Hydrographic Survey Sheet No.3 to reconnoissance of the "Western Coast of the United States from Monterey to the Columbia River." See image cgs05068 for a rough draft of this chart.
California, Western Coast 1850
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Chart of "The Farallones and Entrance to the Bay of San Francisco" by Cadwalader Ringgold. This was a privately produced chart to accompany the chart shown in image cgs05073.
California, San Francisco 1850
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View from the chart of "The Farallones Entrance to the Bay of San Francisco" showing an engraved view of a sailing vessel entering the Golden Gate .
California, San Francisco 1850
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Original topographic survey T-941 of "City of San Francisco and its Vicinity" by Augustus F. Rodgers, Assistant Coast Survey. The title block is covered over with a note showing the reservoirs in the area and there are a number of notes that appear to be in George Davidson's handwriting on the bottom of the sheet.
California, San Francisco 1853
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2 views: one view showing "Rosario Strait and Canal De Haro from Gulf of Georgia." while another view showing where "the N.W. Boundary between U.S. and British Columbia Possessions strikes the main land in Simiahmoo Bay, and Range for entering inner Harbor (Spit and Bluff)." These views were probably drawn by either William B. McMurtrie or James Madison Alden while on the CS ship ACTIVE.
Washington, Rosario Strait & Simiahmoo Bay 1856 ca.
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Hydrographic survey H-241 of "Coast of California, Point Pinos to Cape Mendocino ." This survey was conducted by Lt. W.P. McArthur on the EWING and includes a pencil sketch of the entrance to the Golden Gate probably by William B. McMurtrie.
California, Point Pinos to Cape Mendocino 1851
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Hydrographic survey H-242 of "Coast of California Line of Soundings from Cape Mendocino to Coquille River." This survey was conducted by Lt. William P. McArthur on the CS schooner EWING.
California, Cape Mendocino to Coquille River 1851
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"Mouth of Columbia River" from a preliminary survey, including a view of the Entrance of Columbia River-Cape Hancock or Disappointment E. by N. (compass) 12 Statute Miles." See cgs05094 for preliminary sketch of this area. The survey was conducted by Lt. W.P. McArthur and Lt. Washington Bartlett from the Coast
Oregon, Columbia River 1851
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View of the "Entrance of Columbia River-Cape Hancock or Disappointment E. by N. (compass) 12 Statute Miles." This view was probably produced by William B. McMurtrie. It is notable for its magnificent cloud formations and view of the then perfectly conical Mt. St. Helens.
Oregon, Columbia River 1851
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Sketch J No.8. Preliminary Survey of "Humboldt Bay." Including a view of "Red Bluff, Entrance of the Humboldt Bay S.E. 1/2 E. (Compass) 2 1/2 miles." Surveyed by Lieutenant James Alden, USN.
California, Humboldt Bay 1851
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View of "Red Bluff, Entrance Humboldt Bay S.E. 1/2 E. (Compass) 2 1/2 miles." Probably drawn by William B. McMurtrie.
California, Humboldt Bay 1851
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Topographic survey T-331 of "Galveston Bay from D. Harris' to Lawrence Cove", made by J.M. Wampler in January, February, March, April and May, 1851.
Texas, Galveston Bay 1851
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Expanded view of Topographic Survey T-331 of "Galveston Bay". Note little mark above the O in Jacinto. See image cgs05087.
Texas, Galveston Bay 1851
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A sketch of a ship was found on Topographic Survey T-331 of "Galveston Bay". This vessel was probably the Coast Survey Schooner NYMPH, under the command of Sub-Assistant J. Morris Wampler who used this vessel for transportation and living quarters during his survey of Galveston Bay. Wampler is one of the few Coast Surveyors who joined the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Texas, Galveston Bay 1851
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Sketch of ship discovered on Topographical Survey T-331 of "Galveston Bay." This vessel was probably the Coast Survey Schooner NYMPH, under the command of Sub-Assistant J. Morris Wampler who used this vessel for transportation and living quarters during his survey of Galveston Bay. Wampler is one of the few Coast Surveyors who joined the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Texas, Galveston Bay 1851
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Route Chart 2203 Northeast United States (Fargo-Boston-Kansas City- Washington). March 22, 1950.
New York, Hart & City Island 1851
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The Harbor of New Bedford. U.S.C.& G.S. Chart No. 350. (Date of first publication 1846).
Maine, Richmond's Island Harbor 1893?
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Route Chart 2204. Western United States (Seattle-San Diego-Helena-Tucson) June 16, 1950.
Connecticut, Sachem's Head Harbor 1950
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Sketch J No. 7 of "San Diego Entrance and Approaches" from a Trigonometrical Survey of the United States, depicting sailing directions.
California, San Diego 1851
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Sketch J No. 6 of "San Francisco Bay" showing surveys of sites for Light Houses and for Military and Naval purposes.
California, San Francisco Bay 1851
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Sketch K of the preliminary survey of the "Mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon Territory" by William P. McArthur. Although not shown, Washington Bartlett did a significant part of this work. A. M. Harrison did the topography in the inset for Cape Hancock. This illustration appeared in the 1850 Annual Report and was the first work done in Oregon Territory. See cgs05081 for finished chart.
Oregon, Columbia River 1850
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Sketch of "Cape Hancock", series 2 of 4
Oregon, Cape Hancock 1851
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Map of "Cape Hancock, Oregon", showing the proposed site of a Light House. This map was produced by A.M. Harrison, with James Lawson one of the pioneer Coast Survey topographers on the West Coast.
Oregon, Cape Hancock 1851
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Light House Sketch of "Cape Hancock", series 4 of 4. See image cgs05096.
Oregon, Cape Hancock 1851
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Sketch of "Charleston Harbor", exhibiting the normal Course and Velocity of the Tidal Current at Flood from observations by Lieut. J.N. Maffitt. This is a fairly sophisticated attempt at showing the nature of tidal flow. John Maffitt among the most knowledgeable and successful of Coast Survey hydrographers. He became a very successful Confederate blockade runners and commerce raider.
South Carolina, Charleston Harbor 1851
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Although titled "Track of U.S. Coast Survey Schooner Ewing", this is a preliminary version of the chart of the Mouth of the Columbia River. See image cgs05081.
Oregon, Cape Hancock 1851
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A preliminary sketch showing the relationship of the Farallon Islands to the entrance to the Golden Gate.
California, Farallon Islands 1851
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Tennessee River Sheet No. 2. From 17 to 30 miles above Paducah, Ky.
New York, New York 1865?
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A loose hand-written note stating "Soundings are referred to mean low water as a plane of reference & are expressed in feet ...." A statement of the vertical datum used for charting in the compilation of nautical charts at the time the note was written.
1851 ca.
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Chart of Mare Island Strait. This chart was actually the first work accomplished by the Coast Survey on the West Coast and was instrumental in establishing Mare Island as a naval base.
California, San Francisco Bay 1851
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Sketch J, No. 4 for 1851 indicating proposed sites for a lighthouses on Point Pinos, Bay of Monterey. Outline of Monterey Bay by Lt. Henry A. Wise from a Navy survey conducted in 1847. The topography of Pt. Pinos was by Sub- Assistant A.M. Harrison.
California, Monterey Bay 1851
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Map of Portions of Seacoast of South Carolina and Georgia in Possession of the United States, December 12th 1861. Map shows range circles around Forts Walker and Beauregard in Port Royal Sound and Fort Pulaski and a battery off the Savannah River Entrance.
South Carolina, Georgia 1861
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A preliminary mockup of the nautical chart of San Diego Harbor and Point Loma.
California, San Diego 1851
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Diagram of electrotype apparatus as devised by George Mathiot of the Coast Survey. This apparatus allowed the reproduction of copper-plate engravings each of which could only survive 500 to a 1000 or so press impressions before wearing away sufficiently to be useless. This system allowed the production of thousands of charts via plate copies produced from the original engraving.
1851
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Reconnaissance of the Western Coast from Monterey to the Columbia River. Sheet No. 1 of 3. This chart only extends north to Cape Mendocino.
California, Oregon 1851
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View of the Entrance to San Francisco Bay showing Alcatraz Island and view of Cape Mendocino bearing North by compass at 12 miles.
California, San Francisco 1851
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Reconnaissance of the Western Coast from Monterey to the Columbia River. Sheet No. 2 of 3. This chart only extends from Cape Mendocino to north of the Umquah (Umpqua) River Entrance.
California, Oregon 1851

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