Georges Bank, Charles Wilkes (1798-1877) Chart of Georges Shoal & Bank
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Georges Bank, Charles Wilkes (1798-1877) Chart of Georges Shoal & Bank. New York: Stiles, Sherman & Smith, 1837. Large folding map printed on sixteen separate squares of paper, mounted together on linen backing, evenly toned, 44 1/2 x 40 in.
Note: Wilkes was a controversial figure whose shipboard behavior some consider Melville's model for Captain Ahab. During the 1830s, he was head of the Department of Charts and Instruments for the American Navy, and produced accurate and reliable data for many detailed marine charts. He also explored the South Seas, the west coast of North America, and thereby circumnavigated the globe under sail, logging 87,000 miles at sea, although he was court-martialed when he returned.
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