1873 U.S. Coast Survey Map of Savanna, Hilton Head, and Port Royal

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Coast Chart No. 55 Coast of South Carolina and Georgia from Hunting Island to Ossabaw Island Including Port Royal Sound and Savannah Rive
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1873 U.S. Coast Survey Map of Savanna, Hilton Head, and Port Royal

PortRoyalSavannah-uscs-1873

Rare separate issue nautical chart centered on Hilton Head Island.
$1,200.00

Title


Coast Chart No. 55 Coast of South Carolina and Georgia from Hunting Island to Ossabaw Island Including Port Royal Sound and Savannah Rive
  1873 (dated)    32.5 x 38 in (82.55 x 96.52 cm)     1 : 80000

Description


This is a scarce separate issue 1873 working nautical chart or maritime map of the U.S. coast between Savannah and Port Royal. Oriented with northwest at the top and centered on Hilton Head Island, the chart covers from the Vernon River to St. Helena Island, including the Port Royal Sound, Hilton Head Island, Tybee Island, the Savanna River, and Savanah itself. Exemplifying the height of U.S.C.S. mapmaking, this chart offers outstanding detail through, including illustrations of individual buildings, Savannah's unique street grid, and notable properties. The seas are full of countless depth sounding and shading is employed in indicate shallow areas and shoals.

This chart was prepared under the superintendence of A. D. Bache and Benjamin Pierce, but is verified by J. E. Hilgard. Hilgard was Bache's assistant and briefly took over the survey when Bache became ill in 1862. He remained acting head of the survey until 1867, when Bache died, and Benjamin Pierce became Superintendent. Hilgard's signature in under the Coast Survey insignia suggesting that the chart must have been prepared during the period when Hilgard informally headed the office, but not published until after the appointment of Pierce.

While Coast survey maps from reports from the 1850s and 1860s are relatively common, these oversized surveys from the 1870s were separately issued for navigators and today rarely appear on the market. The present example was working sea chart, mostly rolled and stored in a chart chest. Accordingly, it has remained in an unusually strong state of conservation.

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The Office of the Coast Survey, 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.


Alexander Dallas Bache (July 19, 1806 - February 17, 1867) was an American physicist, scientist and surveyor. Bache is best known in cartographic circles as the Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Survey from 1843 to 1865. Born in Philadelphia, Bache, a great grandson of the statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin, had a varied career primarily focused on education. He toured Europe on behalf of Girard College and composed an important treatise on European Education. Later he served as president of Philadelphia's Central High School and was a professor of natural history and chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. On the death of Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler, Bache was appointed Superintendent of the United States Coast Survey. Picking up where Hassler left off Bache presided over the Survey during its most prolific period and oversaw the mapping of most of the United States coastline. To this day his name appears on countless marine pilot books and U.S. Coast Survey nautical charts. For his work he was elected Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society. Following the Civil War, Bache was elected a 3rd Class Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. He died at Newport, Rhode Island and was buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, where he is commemorated with a monument built by American architect Henry Hobson Richardson.


Julius Erasmus Hilgard (January 7, 1825 - May 9, 1890) was a German-American engineer and Director of the United States Coast Survey. Born in Zweibr├╝ken, Rhenish Bavaria, he and his family emigrated to the United States in 1835. They arrived in New Orleans on Christmas Day and traveled from there to a farm in Belleville, Illinois. Hilgard went to Philadelphia in 1843 to study engineering. It was in Philadelphia that Hilgard met Professor Alexander Bache, the recently appointed Superintendent of the United States Coast Survey. In 1845, Bache gave Hilgard a position with the Coast Survey, although his official appointment was delayed for some reason until December 28, 1846. Hilgard worked with the Coast Survey off and on for the rest of his life. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Hilgard was engaged in a prominent business enterprise in Paterson, New Jersey, but Bache convinced him to return to the Coast Survey to supplement in the war effort. In 1862, Hilgard 'assumed charge of the Coast Survey office', taking on the duties of Superintendent in lieu of Bache, who had, by this time, become extremely ill. Upon Bache's death in 1867, Hilgard became the de-facto Superintendent as well as the assistant in charge of the office. He served as such until February 1867 when Benjamin Pierce was appointed Superintendent. Hilgard continued to work for the Coast Survey under Pierce as 'assistant in charge of office' until he was formally appointed Superintendent in 1881, a position he held until 1885 when he was forced to resign due to illness. He died 5 years later.

Condition


Good. Minor margin corner repair bottom right - does not affect printed area. Light soiling.

References


OCLC 84645904.