Eldridge, George W.

G. W. Eldridge navigation chart for Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket MA

George W. Eldridge's Chart C Vineyard Sound Lt. Ship to Chatham 1913. Authorized and Published by George Eldridge Boston, Mass.

DESCRIPTION: A fine intact antique example of Eldridge's very desirable "Chart C" including the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in Massachusetts. Once relatively plentiful, this splendid lithographed nautical chart by George Washington Eldridge is becoming increasing hard to find for sale.

Copyright by George W. Eldridge, 1912.

A very "user friendly" nautical chart that would have been appreciated by mariners in the early 20th century who lacked today's electronic navigational aids. This large linen-backed chart includes the following ports and towns: Edgartown, Siasconset, Nantucket town, Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, Falmouth, Cotuit, Osterville, Hyannis, West Dennis, Harwich Port, and Chatham.

Shown numerous islands along the coast including Chappaquiddick Island, Cuttyhunk Island, Nashawena Island, Pasque Island, Naushon Island, No Man's Land, Tuckernut Island, Muskeget Island, and Monomoy Beach, now Monomoy Island.

Dotted with interesting comments and observations including:
  • "In passing Chatham in thick weather or night time bound to the Northward or Southward make use of the lead and do not go into less than 7 or 8 fathoms of water to avoid the bars that are rapidly extending from the shore and are dangerous."
  • "Vessels passing Nobska in either direction displaying signals will be reported by telegraph to the Boston Chamber of Commerce."
  • About the Nantucket Head of Harbor entrance: "Strangers should enter this place with caution as it changes with every storm from seaward."
Charles C. Hutchinson 152 State Street Boston General Agent.

CREATOR: Eldridge, George W.



BODY OF WATER: Vineyard Sound

CONDITION: Good.  Laid to linen as issued. Age-toned towards the left and right edges. No holes, tears, or repairs. Minor edge chip at upper left corner in the margin.

COLORING: A few bearing lines colored in red.


SIZE: 48 " x 26 "


PRICE: $2750


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