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RC-E Map of the Harbor of Philadelphia from Petty's Island to Kaighn's Point, prepared for the Board of Harbor Commissioners by Major C. W. Raymond, Corps of Engineers, USA, Consulting Engineers. August 1891. Raymond, C. W. 1891
Blueprint
27 x 59 in.
Delaware River
Soundings, Petty's Island, Smith's Island, Windmill Island, wharves
RC-E-01 Sketch of the Harbor of Philadelphia on the Delaware River so modified as to render feasible the advance of the Port Wardens Line 300 feet in the centre of the City front. Prepared by Lieut. Col. H. [Henry] M. Robert, Corps of Engineers, USA for the U.S. Commission Advisory to the Harbor Commissioners of Philadelphia Robert, Henry M. 1888
Tracing
26 x 54 in.
1 inch = 800 feet
Delaware River
Wharves, Petty's Island, Smith's Island, Windmill Island,
RC-E-02 United States Coast Survey. Delaware River from Cooper's Pt. to Kaighn's Pt. surveyed in 1843. Issued January 1878. To accompany a study of Philadelphia Harbor submitted December 14, 1887 to the U.S. Commission Advisory to the Board of Harbor Commissioners of Philadelphia. Henry N. Robert, Lieut. Col. of Engineers USCGS 1878
Mounted
21 x 17 in.
Delaware River
Soundings, Smith's Island, marshland, wharves and adjacent streets on Philadelphia and New Jersey sides of the river
RC-E-03 Pierhead and bulkhead lines for the westerly shore of the Delaware River from Moore Street to Otis Street, Philadelphia, Pa., as recommended by the Philadelphia Harbor Line Board appointed for the establishment of harbor lines of the Port of Philadelphia....January 1891 Not named 1891
Blueprint
25 x 91 in.
Delaware River
Pierhead and bulkhead lines
RC-E-04 Plan of Pettys Island, Stockton Township, N.J. Plan showing property on Petty's Island necessary for the proposed improvements of the harbor in Philadelphia. Shults, John S. 1888
Tracing
18 x 42 in.
1 inch = 250 feet
Delaware River, Petty's Island
Property owners and acreage
RC-E-05 Sections across Smith's Island Bar at the points named for years 1843, 1878, 1883, 1886, 1887. U.S. Engineer Office, Philadelphia, Pa. To accompany a study of Philadelphia Harbor submitted December 14, 1887 to the U.S. Commission Advisory to the Board of Harbor Commissioners of Philadelphia. Henry N. Robert, Lieut. Col. of Engineers Robert, Henry M. 1887
Paper, Graph
10 x 60 in.
Delaware River, Smith's Island
Graph showing soundings at Callowhill, Vine, Race and Arch Sts.
RC-E-06 Proposed changes in the pierhead and bulkhead lines of the Port of Phila. Pa. Not named 1893
Tracing
22 x 44 in.
Delaware River
Pierhead and bulkhead lines
RC-E-07 Map of the Philadelphia Water Front between Moore Street and Queen Street [Attached letter dated 1892] Not named 1892 ca.
Blueprint
21 x 29 in.
Delaware River
Pierhead and bulkhead lines
RC-E-08 Pierhead and bulkhead lines for the Port of Philadelphia from Susquehanna Avenue to Allegheny Avenue as established by the Secretary of War, January 5, 1894, showing that part of the Philadelphia water front along which the Secretary of War authorized the advance of piers on and after October 24, 1894. Not named 1894
Blueprint
27 x 64 in.
Delaware River
Pierhead and bulkhead lines
RC-E-09 Pierhead and bulkhead lines for the Port of Philadelphia from Cooper Point to east end of Petty Island as recommended by the Philadelphia Harbor Line Board appointed for the establishment of the harbor lines of the Port of Philadelphia….December 1893. Not named 1893
Blueprint
36 x 102 in.
Delaware River
Pierhead and bulkhead lines
RC-E-10 Pierhead and bulkhead lines for the Port of Philadelphia PA from east end of Petty Island to Fishers Point as recommended by the Philadelphia Harbor Line Board appointed for the establishment of the harbor lines of the Port of Philadelphia….December 1893. Not named 1893
Blueprint
36 x 110 in.
Delaware River
Pierhead and bulkhead lines
RC-E-11 Map of the Harbor of Philadelphia from Cooper Point to Fishers Point after completion of improvement, January 10, 1898, from a survey made under the direction of Major C. W. Raymond, Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army. [1 blueprint, badly torn but repaired] Raymond, C. W. 1898
Blueprint
35 x 63 in.
Delaware River
Soundings, wharves
RC-E-12-a Sheet No. 1. Map of the Harbor of Philadelphia from Kaighn Point to west end of Petty Island showing the established harbor lines. Made under the direction of Major C. W. Raymond, Corps of Engineers, USA. April 1894. [First of two sheets] Raymond, C. W. 1894
Blueprint
35 x 54 in.
Delaware River
Soundings, Petty's Island, Smith's Island, Windmill Island, wharves
RC-E-12-b Sheet No. 2. Map of the Harbor of Philadelphia from west end of Petty Island to Fishers Point showing the established harbor lines. Made under the direction of Major C. W. Raymond, Corps of Engineers, USA. April 1894. [Second of two sheets] Raymond, C. W. 1894
Blueprint
35 x 58 in.
Delaware River
Soundings, Petty's Island, wharves
RC-E-13 Pierhead and bulkhead lines for the Port of Philadelphia from Allegheny Avenue to head of harbor as established by the Secretary of War, January 5, 1894, showing that part of the Philadelphia water front along which the Secretary of War authorized the advance of piers on and after March 25, 1899. Not named 1894
Blueprint
30 x 63 in.
Delaware River
Pierhead and bulkhead lines
RC-E-14 Proposed pierhead lines for the westerly shore of the Delaware River in front of League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa. Not named 1901
Blueprint
32 x 49 in.
Delaware River
Pierhead line
RC-E-z Report for creation of monuments for reference to turning points in the Port Warden Line of 1884. Tracing No. 1. Marindin, H. L. 1884
Tracing
37 x 52 in.
Delaware River
Port Warden Line, wharves, League Island
RC-F Chart of the Delaware River in front of the City of Philadelphia from Bridesburg to Fort Mifflin USCGS 1879
Mounted
29 x 82 in.
1 inch = 800 feet
Delaware River front, Pennsylvania and New Jersey sides
Various colored lines indicating wharf lines, channels, etc. Main feature seems to be the "exterior wharf line" set by the New Jersey Riparian commissioners in 1883. Marked on back: 138
RC-F-1 Chart of the Delaware River in front of the City of Philadelphia from Bridesburg to Fort Mifflin USCGS 1879
Mounted
29 x 82 in.
1 inch = 800 feet
Delaware River front, Pennsylvania and New Jersey sides
This copy overlaid with street grid, described in key, on NJ and PA sides of river. Also marked in various colored lines indicating wharf lines, channels, etc. Marked on back: 138
RC-F-3 Plan showing exchange of properties between the Philadelphia and Reading R.R. and Fairmount Park , Philadelphia. December 27, 1888 Thayer, Russell 1888
Mounted
19 x 46 in.
1 inch = 200 feet
Schuylkill River, west bank, from the Columbia Bridge to East Falls
Railroad, tow path for Schuylkill Navigation Company, building footprints including Belmont Water Works and coal shed, dwellings, and railroad and park property
RC-F-4 Plan of part of Fairmount Park, Twenty-first Ward, City of Philadelphia. Surveyed for Chas. T. Jones Esq. Not named 1880 ca.
Tracing
18 x 60 in.
Wissahickon Creek, west side, from Maris St. to west of Cemetery Ave.
Wissahickon Creek and tributary streams, property boundaries and acreages
RC-G Delaware River at Five Mile Point, surveyed May 1881 by order of Col. J. N. Raymond, Corps of Engrs U.S.A., under the direction of Capt. W. Ludlow, Corps of Engrs. Bvt. Lt. Col. U.S.A.. Copied 1883 Department of Surveys. Ludlow, William, and others 1881
Tracing
49 x 112 in.
Delaware River from Five Mile Point to Petty's Island.
Delaware River soundings, various features on shoreline
RC-G-1 Delaware River near the City of Philadelphia. Surveyed in 1843. Communicated from the Archives of the U.S. Coast Survey by authority of the Treasury Department to the Committee on City Property of the Council[s] of Philadelphia by the Supt. U.S. Coast Survey [A. D. Bache] 1850. Not named 1850
Mounted
30 x 84 in.
Delaware River front, from Schuylkill River to Pennypack Creek, across to New Jersey shore.
Detailed indication of land conditions and uses: cultivated, marshland, etc. Soundings, creeks, wharves, railroads.
RC-G-2 Survey of Delaware River below League Island (R. & H. [River and Harbors] Act, June 18th, 1879) from League Island to Oldman's Creek, by order of J. N. Macomb, Corps of Engineers, U.S.A., by William Ludlow, Captain of Engineers, Bvt. Lt. Col. U.S.A. … April and May 1879 Ludlow, William, and others 1879
Tracing
37 x 114 in.
Delaware River front, Pennsylvania and New Jersey sides
Delaware River soundings, various islands features on shoreline
RC-G-3 Sheet No. 2. Isodynamic lines at time of maximum velocity of ebb, surveyed in May, June & July 1886. Not named 1888
Mounted
31 x 107 in.
1 inch = 400 feet
Delaware River, Five Mile Point to Poquessing Creek
Colored lines showing various velocities of current on ebb tide. "Plotted and drawn, and computation checked by H. L. Marindin, C & G Survey, from November to January 1887."
RC-GG-x Plan of Wissahickon Valley showing properties contiguous to Fairmount Park and the boundaries thereof…. July 1896 Thayer, Russell 1896
Mounted
29 x 73 in.
1 inch = 400 feet
Fairmount Park, Wissahickon Creek valley from Schuylkill River to Northwestern Ave., also includes section of Cresheim Creek valley
Streams, property lines and ownership with acreage
RC-GG-y Cross section of trench for steam and return mains. Philadelphia Steam Co. E. R. Holly, Eng. Holly, E. R. 1884 ca.
Blueprint
15 x 12 in.
No location
Steam line for steam heating company in Philadelphia
RC-GG-z Plan showing proposed route of the Phila. Steam Supply Co. on 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Sts. From Vine St. to Walnut St. and on Market, Arch, Race and Vine St. from 4th to 9th Sts. D. Hudson Shedaker, Sur. & Reg, 3rd Dist., July 1 to 12, 1884. Shedaker, David Hudson 1884
Tracing
37 x 32 in.
Philadelphia
Proposed steam supply mains for Philadelphia Steam Supply Co. Also conduits and lines of gas pipes, main sewers, lateral sewers, water pipes, Philadelphia Sectional Electric conduit, National Underground conduit, and Brooks Underground conduits. An early delineation of the city's complicated underground infrastructure.
RC-H-01 [No title. League Island and adjacent properties in South Philadelphia, "surveyed May 1867 by Charles S. Close."] Close, Charles S. 1867
Mounted
21 x 70 in.
1 inch = 200 feet
South Philadelphia. League Island and the adjacent section of South Philadelphia across the Back Channel.
Topographical details, river bank (or dike), low tide level in Back Channel, property owners, streams. Brightly colored.
RC-H-02 Copy of plan of proposed Naval Depot at League Island Phila. with adjacent properties. By Charles S. Close, Sur. & Reg. 2nd Dist. June 1867. [Copy made March 22, 1897] Close, Charles S. 1867
Blueprint
26 x 118 in.
South Philadelphia. League Island and the adjacent section of South Philadelphia across the Back Channel.
Topographical details of Back Channel, including the river bank (or dike), marshland indicated pictorially, and streams entering the channel.
RC-H-03 Line of northern boundary of Government property at League Island (drawn in red) as proposed and located on ground by G. W. King, Chief Engr. USA. May 4th, 1864. Scale 400 feet to 1 inch. Not named 1864
Mounted
13 x 37 in.
South Philadelphia, League Island
Back Channel, river bank, adjacent streets
RC-H-04 [Handwritten title on reverse: "Meadow Banks League Island". Includes diagram: "Transverse section of proposed embankment" ] Not named 1865 ca.
Tracing
17 x 65 in.
South Philadelphia, League Island
Back Channel at low water, river banks
RC-H-05 [No title. United States Navy Yard, League Island, and surrounding area in the Delaware River and in Philadelphia and New Jersey. Strickland Kneass. November 16, 1870] Kneass, Strickland 1870
Tracing
17 x 22 in.
South Philadelphia. League Island and Delaware River front
Back Channel, Mud Island, soundings, Pennsylvania Railroad wharves at Greenwich Point, New Jersey shore
RC-H-06 Plan showing boundary of property to be ceded to the United States on the north side of the Back Channel at League Island. To accompany report of Board. Signed Charles Henry Davis, Rear Admiral, U.S.N., President of Board. Not named 1865 ca.
Tracing
14 x 36 in.
South Philadelphia, League Island
Back Channel, river banks or dikes
RC-H-07 Survey of Delaware River made under the direction of Lt. Col. J. D. Kurtz, Corps of Engineers U.S.A. by S. L. Schumo, Asst. during the Summer 1871. Schumo, S. L. 1871
Tracing
18 x 28 in.
1 inch = about 417 feet (1:5000)
Delaware River, League Island
Soundings, wharves at Red Bank, N.J.
RC-H-08 [No title. League Island] Not named 1865 ca.
Tracing
18 x 37 in.
1 inch = 400 feet
South Philadelphia, League Island
Back Channel, Government Ave., river dike, low water line, and other details
RC-H-09 [No title. Survey of property adjacent to League Island] Not named 1865 ca.
Tracing
22 x 37 in.
South Philadelphia, League Island vicinity
Back Channel
RC-H-10 Plan of League Island (City Survey) showing proposed location of landing wharf, line of Broad St., &c. March 27, 1867. Scale 200 feet = 1 inch. Soundings reduced to low water. Not named 1867
Tracing
34 x 70 in.
1 inch = 200 feet
South Philadelphia. League Island Navy Yard
Topographical details (Delaware River soundings), Navy Yard structures, including wharves, ship houses, other buildings
RC-H-11 U. S. Coast Survey. Benjamin Peirce, Supt. Section II. Delaware River from Fort Mifflin to Gloucester Pt. Pennsylvania. By the party in charge of F. F. Ness, Asst. 1871. Scale 1:5000. Ness, F. F. 1871
Tracing
30 x 61 in.
Delaware River, Fort Mifflin to Gloucester Pt., NJ
Topographical details (river soundings) in the Delaware River off League Island, the mouth of the Schuylkill River, and the western side of the Back Channel
RC-HH-z Registered property owners on west bank of Schuylkill River [from Chester Branch of the Reading Railroad to the Penrose Ferry Bridge]. Samuel S. Baxter, Asst. Engineer, Jan. 6, 1937. 1' = 200'. Baxter, Samuel S. 1937
Paper Tracing
32 x 70 in.
Schuylkill River
Property owners
RC-J Delaware 124 Coast Chart No. 124. Delaware [Bay] Entrance. Issued April 1888. USCGS 1888
Paper
32 x 44 in.
1:80000
Delaware Bay entrance, On New Jersey shoreline, from Corson's Inlet (Atlantic Ocean) to Fortescue Beach (Delaware Bay) on Delaware shoreline, from Rehoboth (Atlantic Ocean) to Little Bombay Hook (Delaware Bay)
Soundings, marshland, lighthouses and other navigational aids, river banks or dikes, channels, streams, inlets, points, communities adjacent to shoreline with buildings, roads, wharves and other features
RC-J Delaware 125-126 [Composite chart made by attaching two discreet charts, as follows: 1. Coast Chart No. 125. Delaware River, Cross Ledge to Penn's Neck. Published May 1890. 2. Coast Chart No. 126. Delaware River, Penn's Neck to Philadelphia. Published March 1891] USCGS 1891
Paper
32 x 54 in.
1:80000
Delaware River. On east (New Jersey) side, from Maurice River Cove to Fisher's Point; on west side, from Mahon's River (Delaware) to Bridesburg (Philadelphia)
Soundings, marshland, lighthouses and other navigational aids, river banks or dikes, channels, streams, inlets, points, communities adjacent to shoreline with buildings, roads, wharves and other features
RC-J Delaware1940 1 Delaware River Harbor Lines. Marcus Hook, Pa. to Philadelphia, Pa. Resurveyed 1939. In six sheets. U.S. Engineer Office. May 25, 1940. 1. Marcus Hook to Ridley Creek. USACE 1940
Blueprint
27 x 40 in.
1 inch = 800 feet
Delaware River harbor lines, Marcus Hook to Ridley Creek
Wharves, riverfront industry and landmarks, diagrams of surveying stations, islands, other features
RC-J Delaware1940 2 Delaware River Harbor Lines. Marcus Hook, Pa. to Philadelphia, Pa. Resurveyed 1939. In six sheets. U.S. Engineer Office. May 25, 1940. 2. Ridley Creek to Hog Island. USACE 1940
Blueprint
27 x 40 in.
1 inch = 800 feet
Delaware River harbor lines, Ridley Creek to Hog Island
Wharves, riverfront industry and landmarks, diagrams of surveying stations, islands, other features
RC-J Delaware1940 3 Delaware River Harbor Lines. Marcus Hook, Pa. to Philadelphia, Pa. Resurveyed 1939. In six sheets. U.S. Engineer Office. May 25, 1940. 3. Hog Island to Howell Cove. USACE 1940
Blueprint
27 x 40 in.
1 Inch = 800 feet
Delaware River harbor lines, Hog Island to Howell Cove
Wharves, riverfront industry and landmarks, diagrams of surveying stations, islands, other features
RC-J Delaware1940 3 attachment [Memo and diagram describing Triangulation Station Hiarc, "on the lawn of the Atlantic Refining Co. office building above Hog Island," attached to plan RC-J-Delaware1940_3] Not named 1946
Paper
Delaware River
Riverfront triangulation
RC-J Delaware1940 4 Delaware River Harbor Lines. Marcus Hook, Pa. to Philadelphia, Pa. Resurveyed 1939. In six sheets. U.S. Engineer Office. May 25, 1940. 4. Howell Cove to Delaware River Bridge. USACE 1940
Blueprint
27 x 40 in.
1 Inch = 800 feet
Delaware River harbor lines, Howell Cove to Delaware River (now Benjamin Franklin) Bridge
Wharves, riverfront industry and landmarks, diagrams of surveying stations, islands, other features
RC-J Delaware1940 5 Delaware River Harbor Lines. Marcus Hook, Pa. to Philadelphia, Pa. Resurveyed 1939. In six sheets. U.S. Engineer Office. May 25, 1940. 5. Delaware River Bridge to Frankford Creek. USACE 1940
Blueprint
27 x 40 in.
1 Inch = 800 feet
Delaware River harbor lines, Delaware River (now Benjamin Franklin) Bridge to Frankford Creek
Wharves, riverfront industry and landmarks, diagrams of surveying stations, islands, other features
RC-J Delaware1940 6 Delaware River Harbor Lines. Marcus Hook, Pa. to Philadelphia, Pa. Resurveyed 1939. In six sheets. U.S. Engineer Office. May 25, 1940. 6. Frankford Creek to Poquessing Creek. USACE 1940
Blueprint
27 x 40 in.
1 Inch = 800 feet
Delaware River harbor lines, Frankford Creek to Poquessing Creek
Wharves, riverfront industry and landmarks, diagrams of surveying stations, islands, other features
RC-J Delaware1940 6 attachment [Public notice of the revision of a section of the pierhead and bulkhead line described in Plan RC-J_Delaware1940_6] Not named 1956
Paper
Delaware River
Attachment: Diagram of small section of Delaware River and written description