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1857 U.S. Coast Survey Map or Chart of Beaufort Harbor, North Carolina

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1857 U.S. Coast Survey Map or Chart of Beaufort Harbor, North Carolina


Exceptional Beaufort Harbor, North Carolina.


Beaufort Harbor North Carolina.
  1857 (dated)     22.5 x 29.5 in (57.15 x 74.93 cm)     1 : 20000


This is a scarce hand-colored 1857 U.S.C.S. maritime map or nautical chart of Beaufort Harbor, North Carolina. The chart depicts the North Carolina coast from Carolina City westward through Beaufort as far as Lenoxville Point. It features superb inland detail of the region as well as innumerable depth soundings, indications of various shoals and breakers, and detailed sailing instructions. An inset map in the lower left quadrant shows Lookout Bight or Cape Lookout. In 1718 Blackbeard the pirate ran his flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge and his sloop Adventure, aground near present-day Beaufort Inlet, bringing fame to the region.

This map was prepared under the direction of A.D. Bache for the 1857 edition of the Annual Report of the Coast Survey . The triangulation was accomplished by C. P. Bolles and A. S. Wadsworth. The topography is the work of H. L. Whiting and A.S. Wadsworth. The hydrography was assembled by various parties under the Command of Lieutenant Commander J. N. Maffitt and C. R. P. Rodgers. Although Coast Survey maps in general are rather common, this chart, published in only one edition of the report, is extremely scarce and only the second example we have come across.


The Office of the Coast 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 spirit of the Coast Survey was defined by its first two superintendents. 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. These included using the most advanced techniques and most sophisticated equipment as well as an unstinting attention to detail. Hassler devised a labor intensive triangulation system whereby the entire coast was divided into a series of enormous triangles. These were in turn subdivided into smaller triangulation units that were then individually surveyed. Employing this exacting technique on such a massive scale had never before been attempted. Consequently, Hassler and the Coast Survey under him developed a reputation for uncompromising dedication to the principles of accuracy and excellence. Unfortunately, despite being a masterful surveyor, Hassler was abrasive and politically unpopular, twice losing congressional funding for the Coast Survey. Nonetheless, Hassler led the Coast Survey until his death in 1843, at which time Alexander Dallas Bache, a great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, took the helm. Bache was fully dedicated to the principles established by Hassler, but proved more politically astute and successfully lobbied Congress to liberally fund the endeavor. Under the leadership of A. D. Bache, the Coast Survey completed its most important work. Moreover, during his long tenure with the Coast Survey, from 1843 to 1865, Bache was a 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) to accommodate topographic as well as nautical surveys. Today the Coast Survey is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA as the National Geodetic Survey. Learn More...


Bache, A. D., Report of the Superintendant of the U.S. Coast Survey, (Washington) 1857.    


Very good. Backed on archival tissue for stability.