Galveston: Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Office of the District Engineer, January 1955. Wraps. The Intracoastal Waterway is a 3,000-mile inland waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts running from Boston southward along the Atlantic Seaboard and around the southern tip of Florida, then following the Gulf Coast to Brownsville, Texas. Some sections of the waterway consist of natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays, and sounds, while others are artificial canals. It provides a navigable route along its length without many of the hazards of travel on the open sea.
The section of the waterway depicted in this atlas was completed in 1949. The waterway provides a channel with a controlling depth of 12 feet, designed primarily for barge transportation, hauling petroleum, petroleum products, foodstuffs, building materials, and manufactured goods. It is also used extensively by recreational boaters, and often when the ocean is too rough for travel. Numerous inlets connect the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico with the Intracoastal Waterway.
35 unnumbered leaves (17 1/3" x 13 3/4"), including a table of distances and legend. Original printed light green cardstock wrappers, bound with three staples. Some light toning, with a very mild vertical crease down the middle. OCLC locates only two copies, at Cornell and the University of Illinois, and a 1951 edition at the University of Texas at Austin. Very good. Item #73940