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  • Title: Galveston Entrance
  • Author: A. D. Bache
  • Date: 1853
  • Medium: Wax Engraving
  • Condition: Fair - age toning, wear along issued folds, paper loss in bottom left corner
  • Inches: 18.75 x 15.5
  • Centimeters: 47.5 x 39
  • Product ID: 100931

Galveston Entrance Texas

From a trigonometrical survey under the direction of A. D. Bache Superintendent of the Survey of the Coast of the United States

Triangulation by R. H. Fauntleroy and J. S. Williams Assistants

Topography by J. M. Wampler Sub-asst

Hydrography by the parties under the command of T. A. Craves & A. S. Baldwin Lieuts. U. S. Navy

Published in 1853

Scale 1/40000

Surveyor, scientist, and pioneering oceanographer A. D. Bache (1806-1867) served as the 6th Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Survey. Born in Philadelphia, he came from a prominent political family, and was the great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin. Under his leadership, the Coast Survey’s operations grew significantly, expanding from nine to seventeen states as it surveyed the Gulf and West Coasts. Bache ran meticulous studies relating to ocean currents, tides, and the earth’s magnetic field, endeavors which provided in-depth knowledge about U.S. coastal geography. Thanks to Bache, the Coast Survey evolved into an immense resource for the U.S. government and one of the foremost scientific institutions in the country leading up to the Civil War.