Apalachicola Bay to Cape San Blas
Washington D.C. Published by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, Updated Issue January 1920 (First Published January 1904). Large folding nautical chart, printed on heavy paper stock. Uncolored. Sheet size: 35 1/2 x 44 inches.
A rare original coastal survey of Apalachicola Bay and Cape San Blas including St. George Island.
Established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807 as the Survey of the Coast, the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey was the United States' first civilian scientific agency. This agency has followed its mission to survey the U.S. coastline, create nautical charts of the coast, and help increase maritime safety since its founding, and has often played fascinating roles in significant chapters of U.S. history. It served in all theaters of the Civil War in the service of the Union Army and Navy, pioneered acoustic exploration in the wake of the sinking of the Titanic, and during WWI it worked to detect enemy submarines. In addition, this agency worked to survey and produce detailed maps and renderings of the U.S. coast. These nautical survey maps (commonly referred to as "T-sheets") provide fascinating insights into the history of the United States coastline, which has and will continue to shift. These maps are the most important data source for understanding the physical and ecological characteristics of the U.S. shoreline. The present map of the Florida coastline precedes the development of the town of Eastpoint and the building of the John Gorrie Memorial Bridge which connects Eastpoint with Apalachicola. The current site of Eastpoint is marked as Godleys Bluff on the present map. This map is a highly detailed and accurate sea chart of the coastal Florida, and an important historical view of the developing state.