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Sketch I Showing the Progress of the Survey in Section No. 9 [Galveston Bay]: Bache 1852

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  • Title: Sketch I Showing the Progress of the Survey in Section No. 9 [Galveston Bay]
  • Author: A. D. Bache
  • Date: 1852
  • Medium: Hand-colored engraving
  • Condition: Excellent - light age toning
  • Inches: 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 32.39 x 22.23 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 3110004
U. S. Coast Survey
A. D. Bache Superintendent
Sketch I
Showing the progress of the Survey
in Section No. 9
1848 to 52
Scale 1/600 000

Map of the Gulf Coast showing Galveston Bay, East Bay, West Bay, and part of Matagorda Bay.

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.