Ringgold, Cadwalader

Antique Chart of the Entrance to San Francisco Bay

Chart of the Farallones and Entrance to the Bay of San Francisco : California by Cadwalader Ringgold, Commander, U.S. Navy ; Assisted by Simon F. Blunt, Lieut., U.S. Navy, 1850.

DESCRIPTION: Cadwalader Ringgold's detailed, chart of the approach and entrance at San Francisco Bay, California from 1850. Includes Yerba Buena island, Alcatraces (Alcatraz Island), Sausalito Bay, Aspinwall Bay, and much more. Attractive elevation profile view of a square rigged sailing vessel set against a backdrop of the coastline at San Francisco. Constructed, projected and drawn by Fred D. Stuart.

Ringgold (1802-1867) was a officer in the U.S. Navy who had served aboard the brig Porpoise with the U.S. Exploring Expedition during Wilkes' surveys of the area in 1841 . Ringgold was promoted to Commander in July, 1849 and began his groundbreaking survey of the San Francisco Bay region, suddenly important because of the discovery of gold in the area. The survey began in August 1849, with Ringgold commanding the chartered brig Col. Fremont. Peter Guthorn notes Ringgold's use of Beechy's earlier survey in his charts:
"Ringgold's charts and sailing directions employed material extracted from the account by Fredrick William Beechy, the British explorer and naval officer whose narrative of the voyage to the Pacific and Behring Sea was published in 1831." (Guthorn, Peter. "U.S. Coastal Charts 1783-1861." Schiffer Publishing. 1984. p. 195)

CREATOR: Ringgold, Cadwalader



BODY OF WATER: San Francisco Bay

CONDITION: Good.  Folds. A few repaired edge tears.



SIZE: 30 " x 20 "


PRICE: $1100


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