An Historical and Pictorial Map of Casco Bay Maine.
16.5 x 21.75 in (41.91 x 55.245 cm)
This is a charming 1976 Edward Rowe Snow and Draper Hill, Jr. pictorial and historical map of Casco Bay, Maine. It depicts Casco Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Maine on the southern coast of Maine, from Prouts Neck (Scarborough Beach State Park) east as far as the southern portion of Georgetown Island, including the city of Portland. Towns and villages are labeled throughout, as are the numerous small islands sprinkled within the bay.
The Pictorial ContentVignettes scattered from one end of the map to the other highlight historical events and important local sites. Some of the historical events referenced include the funeral of the 'witch' of Harpswell Neck, a pirate raid on Fort Loyall in 1689, numerous shipwrecks, the victory of the American frigate Enterprise during the War of 1812, and 'countless' sightings of sea serpents. The region's many lighthouses are illustrated in profile, some of which also have their date of completion provided. One of these, the Portland Head Light, is said to be the oldest mainland lighthouse in the United States. Other vignettes illustrate the Casco Castle near South Freeport and the pines cut for masts of British ships.
A Bicentennial EditionEditions of this map were originally published c. 1950. The present example, however, appears to have been a special reissue created for the celebration of the American Bicentennial in 1976. Aside from the insignia marking this piece as being part of the Bicentennial celebration, two other notes have been added. One states, 'This map made expressly for Casco Bay Lines Custom House Wharf Portland Maine' and the other points out the 'Headquarters of Casco Bay at Custom House Wharf Start of History Trail Tours'.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created by Edward Rowe Snow and Draper Hill, Jr., and, as stated above, was originally published c. 1950. This example was reissued in 1976 by Casco Bay Lines. Three examples of the 1976 edition are catalogued in the OCLC and are part of the collections at the Library of Congress, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and the Ball State University Library.
Edward Rowe Snow (August 22, 1902 – April 10, 1982) was an American author and historian. Born in Withrop, Massachusetts, Snow graduated from Harvard University and subsequently from Boston University with an M.A. Snow married Anna-Myrle Haegg on July 8, 1932 with whom he had one daughter. Snow worked as a high school teacher in Winthrop, Massachusetts for a time. He served as a first lieutenant with the XII Bomber Command during World War II and was wounded in North Africa in 1942. He was discharged in 1943 due to the wounds he received. Snow also worked as a daily columnist at The Patriot Ledger, a newspaper in Quiuncy, Massachusetts, from 1957 – 1982. He is widely remembered for his stories about pirates and other nautical subjects. Snow is the author of over forty books many shorter works. Over the course of his life, Snow was the author of over 100 publications, mostly concerning New England coastal history. He is also well remembered for maintaining the tradition of the 'Flying Santa' for over forty years (1936 – 1980). Begun in 1929, the 'Flying Santa' tradition was organized as a way to drop Christmas gifts out of airplanes to lighthouse keepers and their families along the New England coast. Learn More...
Very good. Light wear along original fold lines. Blank on verso.