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Fort Montgomery

September 28, 2010

One of the first images we included in the Heritage Charts collection was  ‘A Plan of Fort Montgomery & Fort Clinton’.  The 1779 Samuel Holland plan tells the story of one of the most important and daring engagements of the Revolutionary War which took place in October 1777.

(click on the map for more information)

A Plan of Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton by Smauel Holland and J. F. W. Des Barres. 1779

It was a great thrill, on the way up to the Newport RI International Boat Show, to be able to make a small detour to find the site of Fort Montgomery and witness first-hand the site of such a historic event in the history of American independence.

The site has been extensively excavated and now includes a very well-organized visitor center, as well as an informed tour….

The Visitor Center at Fort Montgomery

(click on the picture to enter the Visitor Center)

 ….but nothing quite prepares one for the striking view the fort commands over the Hudson (or ‘North’) river.

 View from Fort Montgomery looking South down the Hudson with Fort Clinton to the right.

 On the actual plan the view is marked in red..

According to Samuel Holland the ‘chain’ (yellow line) and the cable (orange line) which were strung across the river to impede the British advance would have been approximately here..

It is not my intention here to give a full history of events at the time.  For that, there are plenty of sources, not least the visitor centre and the supporting New York State Parks web-site.  What is worth noting, apart from the striking beauty of the region (even today with Route 202 and the Bear Mountain bridge which now spans the river), is the sheer ingenuity and determination of the American defenders and engineers to impede the British advance in support of General John Burgoyne.  Although the British land force of Loyalist, Hessian and regular troops under the command of Sir Henry Clinton along with the supporting naval force prevailed on the 6th October 1777, the victory ultimately proved hollow.   The intended reinforcement of Burgoyne’s army further north was fatally delayed and Burgoyne (and the British northern initiative) was forced to surrender ten days later at Saratoga.

Of further interest to the region, as with so many other parts of America are the place names which have emerged from the Revolutionary War period.  In the case of this particular corner of New York is the nearby ‘Hessian Lake’, which given American feelings toward the mercenary Hessian force employed by the British, not just in this engagement  but throughout the war, is perhaps a little surprising.

 More images from Fort Montgomery..

The Battery (red dot on plan which follows..)

 The Powder Magazine (‘d’ on the Plan)

Plan of the fort

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 And finally….

I see no more ships, so it must be time for a lemonade!..

New – Pre American Civil War map of Long Island, New York and Connecticut c1836

August 6, 2010

We are very excited to have uncovered an important map of  ‘Long Island with the Evirons of New York and the Southern part of Connecticut’. 

 

The map represents something of a diversion for the Heritage Charts collection inasmuch as it is far more recent than most of the maps, charts and plans we specialize in.  It is not especially hydrographic, nor is it military in nature but it is still hugely interesting and it represents an important slice of American heritage. 

What makes the map especially rare and important, quite apart from the fantastic quality of image, is the date;  The orinal of this map was produced in 1836.  Not only is that 25 years prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861 but it is a very early edition of a map produced by J.H.Colton the famous NY publisher. 

 

 It predates all editions of the same map currently held by The New York Public Library..

…and a mulitutude Antiquarian Map dealers…  none of whom get a link here, but feel free to type any of the info presented in these title pages into your browser.  Do of course note the date – 1836, quality of the images you see, as well as the price of an original..  And you’re still unlikely to find one to match ours.

The map was originally produced and published on 4 seperate sheets which we have stitched together to make up the whole image.  Perhaps the most stiking aspect of the map is the picture and detail the map offers of the development of an industrial network and city planning we can recognize today along with the infrastructure – roads, bridges, railways etc – upon which this area is now built. 

More detail on this map will be released shortly when it is posted on the main Heritage Charts web-site at www.heritagecharts.com

The New York Boat Show January 2010

January 28, 2010

We were delighted to exhibit at the New York Boat show in January.  It was a bit of a frantic rush to get everything ready in time and shipped over from London to New York in time, but we made it by the skin of our teeth!  We had both been to New York before on holiday, but it was our first time exibiting at the boat show and we had a lot to learn in a very short time.  We weren’t quite sure what to expect and our neighbours, Charlie and Aaron from Atlantic Marine Electrical Services Inc, were brilliant and helped us enormously to figure out the logistics.

We were really pleased with our stand, and we attracted loads of interest both from people visiting the show, and from other exhibitors which was really nice.  Many people came back several times to study the detail in the charts – and everyone had a bit of information to share about the locations or about the history.  We learnt a lot both about the history of the charts, and it was really nice to be able to talk face-to-face with everyone.  Next time we will definitely come with more charts of Long Island!


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