Map of the Mouth of the Connecticut River and Saybrook Harbour

Official government survey of the mouth of the Connecticut River from 1838.

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This large folding chart of the mouth of the Connecticut River and the adjacent coastline was likely originally issued as part of a Congressional report in 1838. It was drawn by H.M. Stansbury, based on surveys performed by J.W. Adams.

The image depicts two channels between hazardous shoals with depth sounding scattered throughout. Tide tables and depth profiles of both channels provide further information on the fluctuating water levels. Nearby settlements and points of interest are labeled, including a leaning apple tree (a useful vantage point for ships), the house of M. Griswold, and Lyme Village Church. Both structures remain standing today, though the fate of the apple tree is unknown.

The map also includes the town of Saybrook and its adjacent harbor. Over 175 years earlier, two residents were accused by a neighbor of witchcraft and forced to stand trial. Though set free due to an inconclusive verdict, the court deemed them unfit parents and took away their children. The event preceded the more famous trials in Salem by over 30 years!

Map Details

Publication Date: 1838

Author: J.W. Adams

Sheet Width (in): 29

Sheet Height (in): 35.25

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Several scattered spots of discoloration, about the size of a nickel, visible along the top quarter of the sheet. One other spot in the lower right. Otherwise minor edge wear and creasing along former fold lines, and one 4" tear on the left side (repaired on verso).

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