U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

Antique chart of New Haven, Connecticut and New Haven Harbor

NEW HAVEN HARBOR Founded upon a Trigonometrical Survey under the direction of F.R. Hassler Superintendent of the SURVEY OF THE COAST OF THE UNITED STATES

DESCRIPTION: Rare, rolled, separately issued antique nautical chart of New Haven, Connecticut and harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Includes West Haven, and Fair Haven. Numerous depth soundings, aids to navigation and navigational hazards are noted such as Savin Rocks, New Haven Light, Quixes Ledge, Round Rock, and Sandy Point. Key features include Fort Wooster, Fort Hale, Farm River, Morris Cove, Mill River, and the Quinnipiac River.

Extensive sailing directions are included at right beginning:
"Bring the Light House to bear E.N.E. and run for it until Fort Hale is in range with the larger of two Church Spires next each other in the village of Fair Haven. You will then be about 1/2 of a mile from the light in 3 fathoms water and a short distance from the buoy upon Adams Fall Ledge. S. 1/2 E. you will see the buoy on the S.W. ledge and still further to the Eastward the beacon on Quixes Ledge. Run into the harbor upon the above mentioned range (Fort Hale and the Spire) until the Light House bears S. by E. when you will be in 2 fathoms soft bottom. Then steer …"

Price when issued 15 cents. Triangulation by James Ferguson and Edmund Blunt in 1833.

This chart was printed ca. 1847 from an electrotype copy of the original hand-engraved copper plate, a process the U.S. Coast Survey adopted around that time. As a soft medium, copper plates could only withstand print runs of perhaps 200 copies before the plates wore down. To enable larger print runs, a mold of the original plate was created in wax or another soft medium. Then, using an electro-chemical processs ( electrotyping ), the mold was coated with a metal layer, typically copper. Printers were then able to produce output from the new electrotype copper copy, preserving the original. Electrotype copy no. 3.

CREATOR: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey



BODY OF WATER: Long Island Sound

CONDITION: Very Good.  Rolled, with no folds, on strong medium weight paper with minor repaired edge tears and chips at the extreme outer edges.

COLORING: Careful and very attractive detailed hand coloring.

ENGRAVER: McCoy, Throop, and Knight

SIZE: 14 " x 17 "


PRICE: $550


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