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NOAA's Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey (C&GS) Collection
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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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Views of Trinidad Head and Cape Mendocino. Oddly, the Cape Mendocino view is the same as on Sheet No. 1, looking from the south to north.
California 1851
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Reconnaissance of the Western Coast from Monterey to the Columbia River. Sheet No. 3 of 3. This chart extends from the Umquah (Umpqua) River to the Columbia River Entrance. Third edition.
California, Oregon 1851
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Hand sketch "Exhibiting the normal course and velocity of the tidal current at ebb for the 2nd Quarter (of the moon) in Charleston Harbor" by Lieut. J. N. Maffitt. Original mockup version.
South Carolina, Charleston 1852
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Reconnaissance of the Western Coast from San Francisco to San Diego.
California, San Francisco to San Diego 1852
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5 views from the chart of "Reconnaissance of the Western Coast from San Francisco to San Diego." View of the Town and Mission of Santa Barbara; View of San Pedro; View showing Initial Point of Boundary between the U.S. and Mexico; View of Catalina Harbor; and View of Pt. Loma
California, San Francisco to San Diego 1852
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3 views from the chart of "Reconnaissance of the Western Coast from San Francisco to San Diego." View of Pt. Conception bearing W. by S. 3 miles; View of Pt. Conception bearing S.E. by E. 12 miles; and View of Pt. Duma bearing East 10 miles.
California, San Francisco to San Diego 1852
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4 views from the chart of "Reconnaissance of the Western Coast from San Francisco to San Diego." View of Piedras Blancas; View of Moro Rock, Esteros Bay; View of Pt. Sal; and View of Pt. Arguilla.
California, San Francisco to San Diego 1852
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3 views from the chart of "Reconnaissance of the Western Coast from San Francisco to San Diego." View of Pt. Ano Nuevo; View of Pt. Pinos; and View of Pt. Sur bearing N.N.W. 1/4W. 4 miles.
California, San Francisco to San Diego 1852
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2 views from the chart of "Reconnaissance of the Western Coast from San Francisco to San Diego." View of the Entrance to San Francisco Bay showing Alcatraz and View of Pt. Piedras bearing N.N.W. 3 miles.
California, San Francisco to San Diego 1852
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Reconnaissance of the Harbors of Santa Cruz, San Simeon, Coxo and San Luis . Obispo. Sheet J.
California 1852
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General Chart of the Coast from Gay Head to Cape Henlopen (from a triogonometrical survey). For an unfinished study of Ice Formation along Atlantic Coast. Note also tightening of contours at continental shelf break. This was the first nautical chart to show the rapid change in slope from the continental shelf to the continental slope at the "break."
California, Gay Head to Henlopen 1852
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5 Views from the "Chart of the Coast from Gay Head to Cape Henlopen." No.1 view off the Entrance to Block Island Sound b/w Montauk Pt. & Block Island; No.3 view off Navesink Highlands with Navesink Lights and Sandy Hook Fixed Light; No.4 view off Barnegat Inlet with Barnegat Fixed Light; No.5 & No.6 view of approach to Delaware Bay showing Cape May Lt.H. and Cape Henlopen Lt. H. and end of Cape.
California, Gay Head to Henlopen 1852
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2/3 right side of "General Chart of the Coast from Gay Head to Cape Henlopen", showing the color scales of the ice formation. Blue - Local Formation, Pink - Drifting Ice and Bluish Pink - Local Drift Formation.
California, Gay Head to Henlopen 1852
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Winter Harbor Maine. 1867. This chart is an early experiment in the use of color on charts in the United States Coast Survey.
Maine, Winter Harbor 1867
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Reconnaissance of the Harbors of Santa Cruz, San Simeon, Coxo, and San Luis Obispo.
California 1852
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Reconnaissance map of the Coast of Texas from Corpus Christi to Bolivar Peninsula.
Texas 1854
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Ohio River Sheet No. 1. Reconnaissance for the Mississippi Squadron Rear Admiral S. P. Lee Commanding. 1865.
Illinois, Kentucky 1865
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Reconnaissance map of the Coast of Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida from Isle Derniere to Pensacola.
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida 1854
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Reconnaissance map from Sabine City, Texas, to Mobile Bay, Alabama by F. H. Gerdes.
Gulf Coast Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama 1854
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Topographic sheet of "Site of the City of San Francisco and Its Vicinity" probably by Augustus Rodgers.
California, San Francisco 1853
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Sketch diagrams of the results of the "Gulf Stream Explorations", showing Section 5 off Charleston, SC., Section off St. Simon's I. GA., and Section off Cape Canaveral, FL.
1853
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Chart of "City of San Francisco and Its Vicinity".
California, San Francisco 1853
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Sketch A Survey of "Minots Ledge off Boston Harbor", showing the site for a Light House. Includes hydrographic profiles of Outer Minots and Inner Minots.
Massachusettes, Boston Harbor 1853
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Drawing of the "Self-Registering Tide Gauge", devised by Joseph Saxton for the use of the US Coast Survey, illustrating the horizontal plan, rear elevation and side elevation of the tide gauge.
1853
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Portland Harbor Maine. Corrected to 1870.
Maine, Portland 1870
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Pacific Coast Lower California from Cerros (Cedros) Island to San Diego 1874. by N. compass at 5 miles; a view of Destruction I. by N.W. compass at 6 miles; and a view showing Sail Rock & Pt. Grenville
Mexico, Baja California 1874
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Carte Generale de Guadelupe 1875. Offshore Work 1878-79. Line F. U. S. C. & G. Steamer BLAKE.
Caribbean Sea,Guadelupe Island 1879
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Survey Map Gulf Stream No 1 showing the positions and comparison of observations of temperature in the Gulf Stream in 1845, '6, '7, '8, '53, & '54.
Atlantic Ocean, Gulf Stream 1854
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Colored Diagram of "Comparison of depths on the line of deepest water in Maffitts Channel, as suveyed in 1850, 1852 & 1854."
South Carolina, Maffitt's Channel 1854
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Sketch E, map of "Comparison of Maffitt's Channel, Charleston Harbor."
South Carolina, Maffitt's Channel 1854
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Title block of the hydrographic survey H-406 of "Two Lines of Deep Sea Soundings to the Southward of Nantucket." Noted number of miles run deep sea soundings, 207.0.
Massachusetts, Nantucket offshore 1853
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Hydrographic sheet H-406 of "Two Lines of Deep Sea Soundings to the Southward of Nantucket.", expressed in fathoms
Massachusetts, Nantucket offshore 1853
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Title block of the hydrographic sheet H-406 of "Two Lines of Deep Sea Soundings to the Southward of Nantucket."
Massachusetts, Nantucket offshore 1853
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Title block of original Chart of the hydrographic survey H-457 of "Stellwagen's Bank, Massachusetts Bay." Discovered in October 1854.
Massachusetts, Stellwagen Bank 1854
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Original hydrographic survey H-457 of "Stellwagen's Bank, Massachusetts Bay." Discovered in October 1854. Note number of miles run while sounding, 380.
Massachusetts, Stellwagen Bank 1854
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Original hydrographic survey H-457 of "Stellwagen's Bank, Massachusetts Bay." Discovered in October 1854.
Massachusetts, Stellwagen Bank 1854
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Mapping of changes in Maffitt's Channel, Sullivan's Island, Charleston Harbor.
South Carolina, Sullivan's Island 1855
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Title block of Anacapa Island, topographic sheet T-555, by W. M. Johnson, Sub-Assistant.
California, Anacapa Island, Channel Islands 1855
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Anacapa Island showing incredible detail. Surveyed by W. M. Johnson, Sub- Assistant, U.S. Coast Survey.
California, Anacapa Island, Channel Islands 1855
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Survey of California coast from Santa Clara River to Hueneme by Sub-Assistant W.M. Johnson, U.S. Coast Survey. Topographic Sheet T-576. Note configuration of estuaries and wetlands.
California, southern 1855

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