[Coast of New England from Chatham Harbor to Naragansett Bay]
- [Coast of New England from Chatham Harbor to Naragansett Bay]
This chart of the southern coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island is representative of the level of detail contained in the charts of The Atlantic Neptune. The surveys of this coastline began in 1774, and were performed by engineers working under the supervision of Samuel Holland. With the inclusion of numerous soundings, the chart is able to convey the depth of the sea at various places in a two-dimensional form. Modern nautical charts use the same placement of soundings along coastlines to inform navigators of underwater dangers. It was imperative for 18th century mariners to have such safety information, as navigation of intricate and unknown coasts could be perilous.
- Des Barres, Joseph F. W. (Joseph Frederick Wallet), 1722-1824
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
- Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Coasts--New England--Maps--Early works to 1800
Coasts--Massachusetts--Maps--Early works to 1800
Coasts--Rhode Island--Maps--Early works to 1800
Nautical charts--Massachusetts--Early works to 1800
Nautical charts--New England--Early works to 1800
Nautical charts--Rhode Island--Early works to 1800
Massachusetts--Maps--Early works to 1800
Rhode Island--Maps--Early works to 1800
New England (area)
J.F.W. Des Barres
Exhibited: "Charting an Empire: The Atlantic Neptune" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2013.
Title from published bibliography.
From the author's Atlantic Neptune.
- 1 chart : hand col. ; 73 x 106 cm.
Scale [ca. 1:130,000]
- Call #:
G1106.P5 D47 1781
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