A chart of the Harbour of Boston, with the soundings, sailing-marks, and other directions
- A chart of the Harbour of Boston, with the soundings, sailing-marks, and other directions
Beneath Our Feet: The oldest surviving charts depicting the Mediterranean Sea date to the 13th century; however, these earliest maps created by mariners for navigational purposes did not reflect features beneath the surface of the water. It was not until the production of the first Dutch sea atlas in the late 16th century that nautical charts began recording bathymetric (underwater depth) information. By the late 18th century, mariners had developed established methods for recording underwater depths, landforms and hazards, as seen on this chart of Boston Harbor. Soundings – water depths at specific locations – are represented by numbers indicating fathoms here, while shoals and sandbanks are illustrated with stippling.
- Robert Sayer and John Bennett (Firm)
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
- Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Nautical charts--Massachusetts--Boston Harbor--Early works to 1800
Boston Harbor (Mass.)--Maps--Early works to 1800
R. Sayer and J. Bennett
Exhibited: "Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2017-2018.
Depth shown by soundings. Relief shown by hachures.
Shows fortifications and settlements.
Appears in the North American Pilot for New England, New York ... London: R. Sayer & J. Bennett, 1776.
- 1 chart : col. ; 53 x 88 cm.
Scale [ca. 1:28,000]
- Call #:
G3762.B65P5 1776 .C43x
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