U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

Antique Mississippi River Charts of Shoals and Sand Bars

Twenty-three charts to accompany planning for a site for a Navy yard on the Mississippi River

DESCRIPTION: Rare, separately published charts (23) of critical navigational areas on the Mississippi River and the Ohio River. A supplement of charts to accompany the "Letter of the Secretary of the Navy communicating the report of the commission appointed under the joint resolution of Congress, approved June 30, 1864," (Source: Online)
"to select the most approved site for a navy yard or naval station on the Mississippi River or upon one of its tributaries and recommending a appropriation to cover the expenses of said commission."
The maps were not of proposed locations for the new Navy yard but of shoal or shallow areas of the Mississippi River. These shallow sand bars and narrow channels could impede the movement of vessels of vessels to the new yard:
"A series of topographical sketches of some of the difficult places of navigation on the Mississippi between Carondolet and Memphis and in the Ohio between Cairo and Cincinnati. They will have a value in furnishing means of comparison in future studies of the beds of these rivers."

Twenty-one charts (sketches) for the Mississippi River and two charts for the Ohio River including:
  • Sketch No. 1 Jefferson Barracks Bar
  • Sketch No. 3 Widow Beard's Island
  • Sketch No. 5 Penitentiary Shoal
The surveys were conducted by a Coast Survey party attached to the command of Admiral Lee, headed by F.H. Gerdes Chief of the Mississippi squadron topographical engineers.

The expenses of the commission included a whopping $870 to G.W. Blunt, $10 per diem from November 10, 1864 to February 4, 1865. From this expense we know that Blunt also was actively involved in the survey's that produced these maps.

CREATOR: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey



BODY OF WATER: Mississippi River

CONDITION: Good.  Lacks cover. Binding intact and tight. Pages clean but somewhat toned at edges. All pages present. No title page. Sizes and # folds vary.



SIZE: 5 " x 8 "


PRICE: $500


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