THE COOPERATIVE CHARTING PROGRAM OF THE UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS

Stf/C Myron B. Wolf, N, USPS

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: COLLECTIVELY, we in the USPS use thousands of charts each year. Most of them are U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey charts, although a number of us cruise in areas charted by the U.S. Lake Survey and other Corps of Engineers offices, and a few of us get into areas covered only by Naval Oceanographic Office publications. In spite of the fact that we use an immense number of charts, and quite rightly pride ourselves that we make good use of them, few of us know much either about what goes into their preparation, or about the organizations that produce them. In the early 1800’s our young republic had very poor highways, where they existed at all. Water travel was the major means of transportation for both people and goods. We had about 60,000 coastal vessels of various types, and our maritime commerce was severely hampered due to inadequate knowledge of the waters of our coasts and harbors. Shipwrecks were commonplace. Insurance rates were high, and prices were excessive on many essential commodities because they could only be moved by sea. Thus the safe navigation of our coasts and harbors was a matter for grave concern. Greatly increased knowledge of our coastal waters was needed.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 14, Number 1
Pages: 61 - 64
Cite this article: Wolf, Stf/C Myron B., N,, USPS,, "THE COOPERATIVE CHARTING PROGRAM OF THE UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 1967, pp. 61-64.
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