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Title: Examination and survey of inside passage from Punta Rasa to Charlotte Harbor, Florida. Letter from the secretary of war transmitting, with a letter from the chief of engineers, reports of examination and survey of inside passage from Punta Rasa to Charlotte Harbor, Florida
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56TH CONGRESS, ) HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. J DOCUMENT
1st Session. No. 286.




EXAMINATION AND SURVEY OF INSIDE PASSAGE FROM
PUNTA RASA TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLORIDA.



LETTER
FROM

THE SECRETARY OF WAR,
TRANSMITTING,
WITH A LETTER FROM THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS, REPORTS OF
EXAMINATION AND SURVEY OF INSIDE PASSAGE FROM PUNTA
RASA TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLORIDA.


JANUARY 12, 1900.-Referred to the Committee on Rivers and Harbors and ordered
to be printed.


WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washington, January 10, 1900.
SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith a letter from the Chief
of Engineers, United States Army, dated January 9, 1900, together
with copies of reports from Capt. Henry Jervey, Corps of Engineers,
dated May 23 and December 16, 1899, the former of a preliminary
examination and the latter of a survey of Punta Rasa, Fla., made by
him in compliance with the provisions of the river and harbor act of
March 3, 1899.
Very respectfully, ELIHU ROOT,
Secretary of War.
The SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.


OFFICE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,
U. S. ARMY,
Washington, January 9, 1900.
SIR: I have the honor to submit the accompanying copies of reports,
dated May 23 and December 16, 1899, with map, by Capt. Henry Jervey,
Corps of Engineers, upon preliminary examination and survey of Punta
Rasa, Fla., inside passage to Charlotte Harbor, made in compliance with
requirements of the river and harbor act of March 3, 1899.
Punta Rasa is situated at the mouth of Caloosahatchee River, and
the inside passage referred to in the act is known as Pine Island Sound,
which forms part of the direct water route from the Caloosahatchee to






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Charlotte Harbor, and by way of Boca Grande Pass to more northerly
Gulf points.
The improvement desired is a channel with a navigable depth of 7
feet at mean low water through Pine Island Sound, and the project
presented by Captain Jervey contemplates the dredging of channels
with a depth of 8 feet (the extra foot being allowed for back filling)
at mean low water and a bottom width of 100 feet through obstruc-
tive shoals northeast of Patricio Island and northeast of Blind Pass, at
an estimated cost of $6,000.
Captain Jervey states that the establishment of distinct and perma-
nent channel marks, buoys, or beacons would be a great aid to navi-
gation in these waters, but no estimate of cost for this purpose is sub-
mitted, as it is believed that such work is not within the province of
the War Department.
The district officer is of opinion that the locality is worthy of
improvement by the General Government to the extent proposed, and
this opinion is concurred in by the division engineer, Col. Peter C.
Hains, Corps of Engineers.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN M. WILSON,
Brig. Gen., Chief of Engineers,
U 8. Army.
Hon. ELIHT ROOT,
Secretary of War.


PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION OF INSIDE PASSAGE FROM PUNTA RASA
TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLORIDA.
UNITED STATES ENGINEER OFFICE,
Tampa, Fla., May 23, 1899.
GENERAL: I have the honor to submit the following report of the
preliminary examination of the inside passage from Punta Rasa to
Charlotte Harbor, made in accordance with the river and harbor act
of March 3, 1899:
This inside passage is through Pine Island Sound, lying between
Pine Island on the east side and Sanibel, Captiva, and La Costa islands
on the west. It is part of the direct water route from the Caloosa-
hatchee River to Charlotte Harbor, and through the Boca Grande
Pass to more northerly Gulf points.
A preliminary examination of this passage was made in 1897 under
the direction of Lieut. Col. W. H. H. Benyaurd, Corps of Engineers,
United States Army, and attention is respectfully invited to his report
published in the Report of the Chief of Engineers, United States
Army, for 1897 page 1572. Colonel Benyaurd states that with the
improvement of a few shoal places by dredging ample depth of water
would be afforded for the class of steamers and other vessels that navi-
gate this inner passage. The conditions have not materially changed,
and the present examination has been confined to the revision of com-
mercial statistics and data on hand without further expense to the
United States.
The route is isrd by small craft plying between Punta Gorda, at the
mouth of Peace River, in Charlotte Harbor, and Myers, on the left





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bank of the Caloosahatchee River, about 20 miles above its mouth.
Two steamers make regular trips during the orange season, and one
during the rest of the year. They carry general merchandise and crate
material when southbound, and returning bring oranges, grape fruit,
and vegetables for shipment by rail from Punta Gorda. It is estimated
that the shipments this year from Myers to Punta Gorda will be as
follows:

Articles. Value. Freight.

30,000 boxes oranges ............ .............. ..................... ......... $75,000 $3,000
150,000 crates vegetables ............................... ............. .. ....... 150,000 15, 000
Pineapples, grape fruit, etc................... .............. ...0 ...... 25,000 500
Total .............. .............. ..... o ........ ......... 250000 18, 500

This represents an increase in value of over 50 per cent since 1897,
and this section of the State is constantly growing in population and
wealth. The distance from Punta Gorda to Myers is about 75 miles.
The route permits a draft of about 5 feet at mean low water. It is
obstructed by two principal shoals, each about 600 feet long. The
material of these is sand and mud. There are other obstructive points
and shoals, but dredging the two mentioned would greatly aid naviga-
tion, as loaded steamers sometimes have to wait for a favorable tide to
cross them.
Considering the increasing commerce over this route and the
comparatively small expense of improving certain shoal places, I deem
the inside passage worthy of improvement by the General Govern-
ment. *
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HENRY JERVEY,
Captain, Corps of Engineers.
Brig. Gen. JOHN M. WILSON,
Chief of Engineers, S. A.
(Through the Division Engineer.)

[First endorsement.]
U. S. ENGINEER OFFICE,
Baltimore, Md., _May 25, 1899.
Respectfully submitted to the Chief of Engineers, United States
Army.
Lieutenant Meyler made an examination of this passage in Decem-
ber, 1896. His report, page 1573, Annual Report, Chief of Engineers,
1897, illustrates that very little interest is taken in any proposed
improvement, but he and Lieutenant-Colonel Benyaurd deemed it
worthy of improvement then, and Captain Jervey is of the same
opinion now.
In view of the opinions expressed by these officers, I am of the
opinion that the passage is worthy of improvement by the General
Government to a very limited extent. *
PETER C. CHAINS,
Colonel, Corps of Engineers,
Division Engineer, Southeast Division.





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[Second endorsement.]
OFFICE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,
U. S. ARMY,
August 14, 1899.
Respectfully submitted to the Secretary of War.
In accordance with the provisions of the river and harbor act of
March 3, 1899, a preliminary examination has been made of the inside
passage from Punta Rasa to Charlotte Harbor, Florida.
The locality is reported to be worthy of improvement, and I recom-
mend that a survey be made and the cost of improvement be estimated.
A. MACKENZIE,
Acting Chief of Engineers.
WAR DEPARTMENT,
August 94, 1899.
Approved.
ELIHU ROOT,
Secretary of War.

SURVEY OF INSIDE PASSAGE FROM PUNTA RASA TO CHARLOTTE
HARBOR, FLORIDA.
UNITED STATES ENGINEER OFFICE,
Tanpa, Fla., December 16, 1899.
GENERAL: I have the honor to submit the following report upon the
survey of the inside passage from Punta Rasa to Charlotte Harbor,
Florida, contemplated by the river and harbor act of March 3, 1899,
and made as directed in Department letter dated August 25, 1899.
A report upon the preliminary examination of this locality was made
January 4, 1897, by Lieut. Col. W. H. H. Benyaurd, Corps of Engi-
neers, United States Army, and printed in House Document No. 246,
Fifty-fourth Congress, second session,' and a second report was made
by this office on May 23, 1899.
Punta Rasa is situated at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River.
The inside passage referred to in the act is known as Pine Island
Sound, and forms part of the direct water route from the Caloosa-
hatchee to Charlotte Harbor and, by way of Boca Grande Pass, to
more northerly Gulf points. It lies between Pine Island on the east
and Sanibel, Captiva, and La Costa islands on the west or Gulf side.
The commerce to be benefited by an improvement of Pine Island
Sound is carried by one or two small steamers plying between Punta
Gorda at the mouth of Peace River in Charlotte Harbor and Fort
Myers, 20 miles above the mouth of the Caloosahatchee. The amount
of this commerce is shown in the following tabulations of statistics:
1. Shipments from Fort Myers to Punta Gorda, 1896.

Articles. Value. Freight.

25,000 boxes oranges ............ ...................................... ........ $62,500 $2,500
75,000 crates vegetables ... ........ .... .......................... 75, 000 7,500
1,700 boxes grape fruit ............................................... ......... 17,000 170
Total..................... .... .... .. ........... ........ 154, 500 10,170

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The bulk of the commerce of Charlotte Harbor, exclusive of that
carried in sea-going vessels, such as phosphate, lumber, etc., is carried
n the light-draft steamers navigating Pine Island Sound.
Fort Myers, Punta Rasa, and neighboring points form the only out-
ets for the produce of the fruit and vegetable farms of Lee County,
Fla., as the nearest railroad is at Punta Gorda. Recent informa-
ion indicates that larger shipments of fruit than ever before are now
being made from these points by water, and that the crop for the year
ill exceed that estimated in table 3. The navigable capacity of Pine
island Sound is therefore of importance to a valuable and increasing
commerce, and in view of this fact, and of the small cost of improve-
ment as determined by the results of this survey, I am of the opinion
that the locality is worthy of improvement by the General Government
to the extent hereinafter recommended.
The extent of improvement demanded is a navigable depth of 7 feet
iat mean low water throughout Pine Island Sound, this being the avail-
able depth of the Caloosahatchee River as improved by the United
States below Fort Myers. Dredged cuts, 100 feet wide at the bottom,


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2. Shipments Punta Gorda to Fort Myers, 1896.

General merchandise, grain, crate material........................ .-.... $150,000

8. Shipments Fort Myers to Punta Gorda, 1899 (estimated).

Articles. Value. Freight.

W0,000 boxes oranges ...................................... .................. $75,000 $3, 000
50,000 crates vegetables ......... .... ................................. 150,000 15,000
apples, grape fruit, etc..................... .............. ............ 25000 500
Total............ ................................................. 250,000 18,500

t. Commerce of Charlotte Harbor and Peace River, Florida, during the year ending
December 31, 1898.


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Articles. Gross Estimated
tonnage. value.

Fertilizers and pebble phosphate...................... ...................... 69, 378 $708,780
.attle ... ......................... ............... ................. 225 11,250
rrain ...... ............................................................ 3,500 38,104
lides ... .................... ... ............................. 10 2,250
number .............. .................. ................................ 1,250 15,000
merchandise ................................ ............................... 2,400 120,990
lay......... ........................................................... 1,000 18,875
Tegetables......... a .. .......................................... ........ 1,700 51,000
ish and oysters................................................................ 25,758 146,895
)ranges...... ...................................................... 887 32,000
'ineapples, etc ................................................................ 232 9,315
Ioney, sirup, etc............... ..... ............ ................................. 6 371
Total a .............................................................. 106,346 '1,154,830

Arrivals and departures of vessels.

Arrivals
Class of vessels, and de- Tons.
partures.

teamships............................................ 26 29,134
teamboats, light-draft ............................................. ........ 704 277, 770
ailing vessels ... ...... ... .................... ............ ....... 68 55,430
(achts.................................... ............................ .......... 30 824
Total.................................................. ...................... 828 363,158






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made through the obstructive shoals will permit easy navigation, except
during heavy northwest gales, which are likely to drive vessels against
the side of any channel of limited width.
The preliminary examinations and local information indicated that
there were probably three shoals in the sound, and a detailed survey
was therefore ordered in each of the following areas:
1. Northeastward of Patricio Island.
2. Eastward of Captiva Pass.
3. Northeastward of Blind Pass.
The results of the survey indicate that in the area east of Captiva
Pass there is an ample depth of water, but that the channel is difficult
to follow in the absence of channel marks. This is especially true
during the high winds prevalent in the fruit-shipping season.
The other areas require dredging, an estimate of the amount an
cost of which is submitted below. The estimate of quantities is base
on dredging to a depth of 8 feet at mean low water (the extra foot
being allowed for back filling) and a bottom width of 100 feet, wit
slopes of 1 on 3. The length of cut required is 1,354 feet northeast
ward of Patricio Island and 1,458 feet northeastward of Blind Pass
It is estimated that the proposed improvement will require the remove
of about 20,000 cubic yards of sand, mud, and shell, at a cost of about
$6,000.
It is respectfully represented that the establishment of distinct and
permanent channel marks, buoys, or beacons would be a great aid t
navigation in these waters, but no estimate of cost is submitted, as it
is believed that such work is not within the province of the Engineer
Department of the Army.
Four maps1 accompany this report. On the general map, scale
1:40,000, the areas surveyed in detail are inclosed in broken lines,
and the usually followed route of steamers is indicated. The other
maps, scale 1:5,000, represent the hydrography as determined by the
detailed surveys and the shore lines and topography taken from Coast
Survey charts.
The fieldwork of the survey was executed during September and
October, 1899, under the immediate supervision of Assistant Engineer
W. H. Caldwell, to whose report herewith attention is respectfully
invited. The operations were considerably delayed by winds and
stormy weather, and the cost of the survey thereby increased.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HENRY JERVEY,
Captain, Corps of Engineers.
Brig. Gen. JOHN M. WILSOX,
Chief of Engineers, U S. A.
(Through the Division Engineer.)
[First endorsement.]
U. S. ENGINEER OFFICE,
Baltimore, Mfd., December 18, 1899.
Respectfully submitted to the Chief of Engineers, United States
Army.
This is the report on the survey of the inside passage from Punta
Rasa to Charlotte Harbor, Florida. It appears from the report of the
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strict engineer that the amount of commerce to be benefited is small,
t the cost of the improvement is proportionally small; in view of
which I concur in the opinion of'the district engineer that the locality
worthy of improvement to the extent of a navigable depth of 7 feet
Mean low water through the obstructive shoals.
PETER C. HAINS,
Colonel, Corps of Engineers,
Division Engineer Southeast Division.



REPORT OF MR. W. H. CALDWELL, ASSISTANT ENGINEER.
UNITED STATES ENGINEER OFFICE,
Tampa, Fla., December 14, 1899.
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to submit the following report upon a survey of the
inside passage from Punta Rasa to Charlotte Harbor," made in the months of Sep-
mber and October, 1899, together with estimates for the proposed channel, 100 feet
de and 7 feet deep, through mid-channel areas having a depth of less than 7 feet.
The field party was in local charge of Mr. A. Thompson, assistant engineer. The
rn-wheel steamer 'rey Eagle, of Fort Myers, Fla., was chartered and used as a
carter boat throughout the progress of the survey. Mr. Thompson has not yet sub-
itted a detailed account of his work. He is still at Englewood, where he has been
nducting a survey of the "inside passage from Sarasota Bay to Lemon Bay."
In accordance with your instructions, the plan of survey was based upon the infor-
ation contained in reports of the results of preliminary examinations of the "inside
ssage from Punta Rasa to Charlotte Harbor," made to comply with the provisions
the river and harbor act of March 3, 1899, and of June 3, 1896. The former was
nsmitted from this office to Gen. John M. Wilson, Corps of Engineers, United States
my, on May 23, 1899; the latter was published in the Report of the Chief of Engi-
ers, 1897, Part II, page 1572 et seq.

1. TRIANGULATION.
Detailed surveys were required of all portions of the main channel where depths
less than 7 feet were found. That necessitated a scheme of triangulation from the
uthern limits of Charlotte Harbor, through Pine Island Sound, to Blind Pass, cov-
ing an area of about 40 square miles. Within this area were 3 triangulation stations,
which had been established by a United States engineers' surveying party in Janu-
y, 1891. The party was in charge of Assistant Engineer J. H. Bacon, who, under
e direction of Captain (now Colonel) W. M. Black, Corps of Engineers, United
ategArmy, made a survey of Charlotte Harbor between the dates of November 17,
90, and January, 1891. Two of the stations above referred to were easily located,
t the other one-east of the northern extremity of Pine Island-could not be found.
he stations located were used as the extremities of a base line, from which a system
triangulation was developed.
Surveys in detail were made of an area of 4 square miles, east-northeastward of
atricio Island; of 11 square miles eastward of Captiva Pass, and of lF'miles north-
stward of Blind Pass.
2. BASE LINES.
The base line on which the system of triangulation depended is the distance
between the station at Gasparilla Island Light-House and the one at Charlotte Harbor
eight Station. By the United States engineers' survey of 1890-91 that distance was
und to be 51,454.62 feet. A check base line 1,470.213 feet long has been measured
lear the south end of La Costa Island. The degree of accuracy with which this base
as measured is an error of 1 in 34,191.
3. TIDES.
A tide gauge was established at Gasparilla Island Light-House Wharf, and its zero
referred to a bench mark established by the United States engineers' survey in
i890-91. A tide gauge was established in each of the three areas, of which detailed


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surveys were made, and their zeros referred to permanent bench marks. By simu4
taneous observations and the difference of time of low waters at the several tid
stations the gauge readings were reduced to a common plane of reference, and it, i
turn, was reduced to mean low water. The mean rise and fall of the tide was foun-
to be about 1.7 feet. During the greater portion of the time of the survey the co
editions were unfavorable for a tidal record, the weather being squally and ,the s
rough. The tides were evidently influenced by the force and direction of the wind
4. CURRENTS.
Current observations were taken in each of the three areas of detailed survey.
In the area at the upper end of Pine Island Sound the general trend of the curre
was north-northeast and south-southwest, with a maximum velocity of 0.8 mi
(nautical) per hour.
In the area eastward of Captiva Pass the current is divided into two branches b
an oyster bar which lies just inside the pass. The upper branch runs in a gene
northeast and southwest direction and the lower branch in a southeast and northwe
direction. The maximum velocity of the current near this pass is 1.2 miles (nautical
per hour. This maximum velocity occurred during ebb flow, two hours after hig
water.
In the area northeastward of Blind Pass the general direction of the current
north-northeast and south-southwest and its maximum velocity was 0.4 m
(nautical) per hour.
5. SOUNDINGS.

All soundings were made from rowboats by means of sounding poles 9 feet lon
graduated to feet and tenths from each end. An average of 10 soundings per minun
was obtained. In the area at the upper end of Pine Island Sound the sounding lin
radiate from a central channel stake. In the other two areas the sounding lines a
parallel and run at right angles to the greatest dimension of the area survey
Soundings were located at intervals of one minute by means of a transit, the boa
being steered on established range lines. Borings were made to determine the natu
of the bottom. It consists of mud, coarse sand, and oyster shells.

6. MAPS.
Three hydrographic charts of the detailed areas have been platted, using a scale of 1
to 5,000 and a map of Pine Island Sound has been made of 1 to 40,000. Tracings of
each are submitted herewith. The topography and the hydrography not covered
by the survey have been supplied from the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey
chart No. 175.
7. ESTIMATES FOR DREDGING.
The survey shows that a depth of 7 feet or over, with a navigable width, exists
throughout the "inside passage from Punta Rasa to Charlotte Harbor," except at the
"Horseshoe Shoal," near the northern extremity of Pine Island and the shoal near
Blind Pass. Master mariners have registered complaints about insufficient depth
opposite Captiva Pass, but the survey of that area has clearly demonstrated a perfectly
navigable channel of 7 feet depth. Its course there is rather tortuous and buoys are
needed to mark its changes of direction. In the areas at the head of Pine Island
Sound and opposite Blind Pass dredging will be necessary to afford the desired chan-
nel of 7 feet depth at mean low water. A width of 100 feet will answer the purpose
of shipping, and the length of cut in either case will be less than 1,500 feet.
The improvement is practicable, and from the history of similar work in other
Gulf ports it is believed that a dredged channel will remain with a reasonable degree
of permanency.
No. 1.-Estimate for a channel 100 feet wide and 7 feet deep across "Horseshoe Shoal,"
near the northern extremity of Pine Island.
Removing 7,399 cubic yards of material (mud, sand, and oyster shells), at
25 cents -. ................-..........-......-... ---------------- $1, 849.75
Engineering and contingencies ---------.-----.------------------- 275.00

Total.......-----...--......................-....-----.......----.---------.----2,124.75









































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2. 2.-Estimate for a channel 100 feet wide and 7 feet deep across the shoal opposite Blind
Pass.

moving 13,372 cubic yards of material (mud, sand, and oyster shells), at
25 cents---------- .........--------------------------.. ----------- $3, 343.00
igineering and contingencies ---..--. ...--- .......-------........---- 500. 00

Total .....--------.----...------..----.......... -.... .---.. 3, 843.00
Cost of the entire project for giving a 7-foot channel through the "inside passage
m Punta Rasa to Charlotte Harbor" is $5,967.75.
n the above estimates 25 per cent for increased bulk of dredged material, 1 foot
Back filling, and a slope of 1 on 3 for the sides of the dredged channels has been
owed: The length of the cut between the 7-foot contours in the area near the
rthern extremity of Pine Island is 1,354 feet and in the area near Blind Pass is
58 feet.
during the progress of the survey inquiries were made concerning commerce and
statistics were found to be substantially as recorded in the preliminary examina-
n report. The commerce of this year will undoubtedly exhibit a large increase
er that of any preceding year. The shipping traffic which uses the passage is
wing. The cost of the improvement in comparison with the advantages to be
rived therefrom is small. It would seem that the project is worthy of being
ecuted by the General Government.
Very respectfully, W. H. CALDWELL,
Assistant Engineer.
Capt. HENRY JERVEY,
Corps of Engineers, U. S. A.



LETTER OF MR. A. F. DEWEY.

CHARLOTTE HARBOR LIGHTERAGE AND STEVEDORE COMPANY,
Punta Gorda, Fla., December 15, 1899.
DEAR SIR: Yours of the 13th instant received yesterday during my absence, and I
lose herewith report of commercial statistics from January 1 to December 1, 1899,
near as I could get at the figures in the limited time allowed.
Yours, truly,
A. F. DEWEY.
Capt. HENRY JERSEY,
Corps of Engineers, U. 8. A.


Cofmercial statistics, port of Punta Gorda, Fla., January 1 to December 1, 1899.

Articles. Quantity. Estimated
value.

osphate................................................... ........ tons.. 83, 073 $830,730.00
rtflizer............................................................... do.... 1,000 40,000.00
in ..............................................................bushels.. 75,000 41,250.00
ber ........................................................feet.. 125,000 18,750.00
rchandise ............................................... ......packages.. 12,500 187,990.00
y ...............................................................bales.. 23,375 29,218.75
getables............ .......... ................................... crates.. 177,000 531,000.00
S......................................... .....................pounds.. 3,599,000 179,950.00
anges......... ............................................. ......boxes.. 12,500 50,000.00
sters ............ ..............................gallons.. 1,500 1,500.00
.................................................... ................tons.. 2,060 6,180.00
ttle..........................................................head.. 2,500 37,500.00
Total.............................................. ................ 1,954,068.75

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D SOUND, FLORIDA,

ared under the direction

ervey, Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army,

U. S. Engineers' Survey made in

September October, 1899;

U. S. C. & G. 8. Chart, No. 175.


SCALE, 1 : 60,000.

feett 200 0 feet 120 eet 000 feet 20000 feet


referred to mean low water level.

surveys were made are Inclosed by dotted lines.

nels, 100 feet wide, through the heal areas are denoted by parallel lines.

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