U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

1914 Inside Route Pilot Key West to New Orleans

1914 Inside Route Pilot Key West to New Orleans

DESCRIPTION: Very scarce, intact 1914 Coast Pilot with six strip charts and sailing directions for what is now the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, from Key West, Florida heading north and then west to New Orleans, Louisiana. Published by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Contains 93 pages of text plus an index.

In its early history some portions of the 'inside route' were owned and dredged by private entities who charged a toll to vessels for passage, sometimes by stringing a chain across narrow passages to restrict traffic flow. After 1919 Congress mandated that the entire passage should be turned over to the Federal government and the tolls were eliminated.

The sailing directions for Bayou St. John describe a moment in time that New Orleans residents can only imagine today: The channel at the entrance is protected by training walls on each side. Spanish Fort is a pleasure resort at the mouth of Bayou St. John and is connected with New Orleans by an electric car line... Small craft of all kinds use the bayou as far as Esplanade Street, about 2 3/4 miles above the entrance, but pleasure boats rarely go above that point." Size of each chart when folded is approximately 8" x 5". The pilot's lithographed working navigational charts capture the full extent of the southern U.S. Inside Route in detail. Chart sections include roughly these areas and chart sizes: (fully opened, height is 10" and width is listed below).
1. Key West to Matanzas Pass - 24"
2. Matanzas Pass to Clearwater - 23"
3. Clearwater to Tampa - 27"
4. Tampa to St. Andrews Sound - 24"
5. St. Andrews Sound to Bay St. Louis - 36"
6. Bay St. Louis to New Orleans. - 23"

If they were placed end to end, the charts would extend over 13 feet long. Original price 20 cents. Published by the Government Printing Office in Washington DC in 1915.

CREATOR: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey



BODY OF WATER: Gulf of Mexico

CONDITION: Fair.  Maps are completely intact, slightly browned with one or two spots, but otherwise very nice. Text pages are browned, intact with light damp staining in the bottom outside corners, but no foxing. Cover intact but worn, bent and missing one corner. Spine beginning to crack but pages are tight.

COLORING: None except lithographed red lines show the advised route to travel.


SIZE:  " x "


PRICE: $650


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