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1898 U.S. Geological Survey Map of Nantucket, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Nantucket Sheet. - Main View

1898 U.S. Geological Survey Map of Nantucket, Massachusetts



Massachusetts Nantucket Sheet.
  1898 (dated)     19.5 x 14 in (49.53 x 35.56 cm)


One of the most sought after topographical maps produced by the U.S. Geological Survey. The 1898 edition of the U.S.G.S. Survey Map of Nantucket covers the island from Great Neck to the Atlantic. Identifies topographical features such as the Shawkemo Hills, Alter Rock Hills, Folgers Hill, Gibbs Pond, Mioxes Pond, Miacomet Pond, and the Head of Hummunock. Also notes the various roads traversing the islands and the Nantucket - Siasconsett Railroad. Identifies the Sankaty Head Lighthouse, the Nantucket Cliff Beacons, the Brant Point Lighthouse and the Nantucket Lighthouse at Great Point. Prepared by Henry Gannett, Marcus Baker, and E. B. Clark.

The Office of the Coast Survey (later the U.S. Geodetic Survey) (1807 - present), founded in 1807 by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of Commerce Albert Gallatin, is the oldest scientific organization in the U.S. Federal Government. Jefferson created the "Survey of the Coast," as it was then called, in response to a need for accurate navigational charts of the new nation's coasts and harbors. The first superintendent of the Coast Survey was Swiss immigrant and West Point mathematics professor Ferdinand Hassler. Under the direction of Hassler, from 1816 to 1843, the ideological and scientific foundations for the Coast Survey were established. Hassler, and the Coast Survey under him developed a reputation for uncompromising dedication to the principles of accuracy and excellence. Hassler lead the Coast Survey until his death in 1843, at which time Alexander Dallas Bache, a great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, took the helm. Under the leadership A. D. Bache, the Coast Survey did most of its most important work. During his Superintendence, from 1843 to 1865, Bache was steadfast advocate of American science and navigation and in fact founded the American Academy of Sciences. Bache was succeeded by Benjamin Pierce who ran the Survey from 1867 to 1874. Pierce was in turn succeeded by Carlile Pollock Patterson who was Superintendent from 1874 to 1881. In 1878, under Patterson's superintendence, the U.S. Coast Survey was reorganized as the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (C & GS or USGS) to accommodate topographic as well as nautical surveys. Today the Coast Survey is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA. Learn More...


Very good condition. Blank on verso. The horizontal streaks across the top of the map are a scan error and are not reflected on the actual map.


Rumsey 2883.054. Phillips (Atlases) 1801. LeGear, Clara Elgi, United States Atlases, L1552.