Title: No. 1. / Eldridge’s / New / Chart / of / Vineyard Sound / and / Nantucket Shoals. Founded on a trigonometrical survey / between the years 1851 and 1899 / by / George Eldridge, Hydrographer. / 1902. / Published by S. Thaxter & Son, / Boston. / Copyright 1894 by Geo. Eldridge & A.C. Cushing. Size: 22 1/2” x 47 7/8” (57.2 x 121.6 cm) to the outer neat line.
Description: The chart shows Cape Cod from Woods Hole to the Crab Ledge Fishing Ground, including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island. It has been professionally restored and mounted on archival linen.
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George Eldridge (1821-1900) was a former captain of a fishing vessel out of Cape Cod and a local pilot. He produced his first chart in 1851 when recuperating from an injury. The success of the chart inspired him to continue with the business, and Eldridge went on to produce many other fine charts of New England and the Atlantic coastline. His son, George W. Eldridge (1845-1914) later took over and continued to produce attractive charts. Most of the Eldridge charts were based on official U.S. Coastal Surveys.