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A chart of Delaware River from Bombay Hook to Ridley Creek and A plan of the Delaware River from Chester to Philadelphia

A two-part chart of the Delaware River completed at different times but published in 1779 as an informative compilation.

Chart Information
Reference: A305
Date 15th Nov 1777 & 1st June1779
Hydrographer/Surveyor/Artist: J.F.W.Des Barres, Lieuts. John Knight & John Hunter
Size Of Original: w 28" x h 36"
Paper Type Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm

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This excellent two-piece chart was composed and published by J.F.W. Des Barres for inclusion in the Atlantic Neptune folio, and covers the whole of the Delaware River between Bombay Hook and Philadelphia.It is a compilation typical of the way Des Barres worked to produce charts for publication.

The first survey of the lower part of the river from Bombay Hook, where it enters Delaware Bay, up to Chester was completed in 1779 with Soundings &c taken by Lt. Knight of the Navy.It includes little information other than soundings and points of anchorage as this section of the river was clearly of little significance, with few settlements of note and little to defend or attack.

The second survey from Chester up to Philadelphia has the land tinted brown with a yellow border.This upper section of the river was surveyed by Lieutenant John Hunter of the Navy in November 1777 just after the British had occupied Philadelphia.This upper section of the river was of great significance to both the Americans and the British as it gets closer to Philadelphia, which was then the largest city in America and its new Capital.

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A chart of Delaware River from Bombay Hook to Ridley Creek and A plan of the Delaware River from Chester to Philadelphia
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