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An actual survey of the sea coast from New York to the I. Cape Briton : with tables of the direct and thwart courses & distances from place to place

Cyprian Southack first published this enormous chart in book form between 1729 and 1734 as The New England Coasting Pilot. This is a later version, with additions including inset charts of Boston Bay, Casco Bay, and New York Harbor. The chart bears many autobiographical notes, such as Southack's 1717 voyage to Wellfleet to salvage the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah. A contemporary writer dismissed the chart as "one continued error, and … of pernicious consequence in trade and navigation." Yet it remains a monument of colonial mapmaking, being vastly more informative than any earlier effort to map New England's coast.



Southack, Cyprian, 1662-1745



Name on Item

by Capt. Cyprian Southack.


Printed and sold by Wm. Herbert under the Piazzas on London Bridge & Robt. Sayer facing Fetter Lane, Fleet Street


Scale [ca. 1:585,000].




Boston Public Library

Collection (local)

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection

  • Nautical charts--Atlantic Coast (North America)--Early works to 1800
  • Coasts--New England--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • Coasts--Maritime Provinces--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • Nautical charts--New York Harbor (N.Y. and N.J.)--Early works to 1800
  • Atlantic Coast (North America)--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • North Atlantic Ocean--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • New England
  • North America
  • North and Central America
  • United States

1 map on 4 sheets : hand col. ; 105 x 248 cm., sheets 108 x 64 cm. or smaller.

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  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • No known restrictions on use.
  • Depths shown by soundings.
  • Shows longitude east and west from Boston.
  • "Illustrated with particular plans of the harbours of New York, Boston, Canso [i.e. Casco] Bay & Annopolis [sic] Royal, on a larger scale, as also, a new chart of the Atlantic Ocean."
  • Includes distance charts, notes, decorative cartouche, and insets of New York and Boston harbors, Casco Bay, Annapolis Royal, and the Atlantic Ocean from the equator to N 60⁰.
  • Cataloging, conservation, and digitization made possible in part by The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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