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1806

Original antique Ben Franklins Chart of the Gulf Stream

Ben Franklin's Chart of the Gulf Stream

DESCRIPTION: Decorative antique chart of the Gulf Stream with the Florida East and West Territories. After Benjamin Franklin's original chart, first engraved by James Poupard, published by the American Philosophical Society in 1786.

This chart lacks the written sailing directions in Poupard's engraving or "Remarks upon the navigation from Newfoundland to New York in order to avoid the Gulph Stream on the one hand, and on the other the Shoals that lie to the southward of Nantucket and of St. George's Banks." In those remarks, Franklin notes the time savings mariners can achieve through avoiding the Gulf Stream when westbound from England to the USA :
"The Nantucket captains who are acquainted with this stream, make their voyages from England to Boston in as short a time generally as others take in going from Boston to England, viz. from 20 to 30 days."

Source: The Complete Works on Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, 2nd ed, London 1806. Plate VII. Vol 2. p. 197. Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme. London, April 1, 1806.

CREATOR: Anonymous

PUBLICATION DATE: 1806

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  Solid. Slight stains. No major condition issues.

COLORING: 

ENGRAVER: unknown

SIZE: 8 " x 7 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 11

PRICE: $275

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