U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey

Antique engraved nautical chart of the entrance to San Diego, California


San Diego Entrance and approaches, California. From a trigonometrical survey under the direction of A.D. Bache, Superintendent of the Survey of the Coast of the United States. R.D. Cutts & Geo. Davidson, assistants and A.M. Harrison, sub assistant. Published in 1853. (with) General sketch of San Diego Bay and Los Coronados.


Engraved antique nautical chart of the entrance to San Diego Bay, in California on a large sheet of heavy paper with no folds . Noted features include Point Loma, Ballast Point, Zuniga Shoal, and "La Playa" the original harbor where goods were transferred to and from ships calling at the port. At right is a sketch of the wider area including the San Diego Bay area and extending to the Coronados Islands, four islands belonging to Mexico between 15 and 20 miles south of San Diego.

Considered to be one of the best natural harbors on the west coast of North America, San Diego was colonized by Spain beginning in 1769 and served as base headquarters of major ships of the United States Navy in the Pacific until just before the United States entered World War II.

Early electrotype copy. Never folded, this is a seperately issued chart of the harbor with 4" wide margins and a prominent platemark. Total size is 21" x 18".

Relief shown by hachures; soundings in feet. Includes sailing directions. In upper margin "Presented under authority of an act of Congress of the United States of June 3d 1844 by direction of the Treasury Department, A.D. Bache Superintendent Coast Survey." "J No. 4."

Electrotype copy number 1 by Mathiot.

CREATOR: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey



BODY OF WATER: San Diego Bay

CONDITION: Very good.  A finely engraved impression from an early electrotype plate (#1). Clean and bright on heavy wove paper. No folds. One small repaired 1/16" hole and repaired marginal tear, both well outside the platemark.


ENGRAVER: Siebert, McCoy, and Yeager

SIZE: 13 " x 11 "




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