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Description

Rectangular, vertical format map of Sandy Bay Pier, Rockport, Mass. showing wharves with inner harbor and large house with four chimneys, outbuildings and other small structures in forground. This drawing represents the small basin immediately to the west side of the present Bearskin Neck. Remains of the piers represented are still intact. The large house still stands unchanged on the main street to the west of the entrance to Bearskin Neck. Babcon's HISTORY OF GLOCESTER, p. 544: "It was not til 1811 that the people of Sandy Bay felt themselves able to construct an articial harbor. In that year they erected the breakwater on the north west side of Bearskin Neck, and in 1819, a wharf opposite the two structures forming a small but safe harbor."

Details

Maker
Gott, Jabez C., 1794-1871 (Artist)
Date
1819
After
Inscriptions
Written in ink script in large letters at lower right of image: Plan/of Sandy Bay/Pier by Jabez R. Gott/Surveyor. Inscriptions adhered to old backing, visible through out windows in new mat, through the plastic: 1. [at upper right, brown paper backing, gran/blue fountain pen] Jabez Richardson Gott/ son of Ebeneezer and Betsey (Goes) Gott./ of Sandy Bay, Rockport/ Born Feb. 29, 1794/ Married Sep. 19, 1816/ to Hannah Belchar Jewrit of Pembroke, N.H. 2. [center backing reverse, newspaper clipping, (Glocester) Summer Sun., June 30, 1949, ""Rockport from the Air,"" with a photograph of the town, the shoreline and the harbor, and a brief caption] 3. [on center board reverse, under plastic sheath, a jelly label with typewritten entry] Gift in 1867 from David Kimbau/ (great grandfather of B.K. Little) ""to/ Rockport my native town"" 60 shares of/ Sandy Bay Pier Co., income for relief of/ American inhabitants of the town, and/ for school prizes. (Gott, HISTORY OF ROCKPORT/ 1888) 4. [below #3, backing reverse, two black and white photographs of Rockport landmarks, with note, previously visible on covered backing, transcribed in pencil to left of photographs, as follows] Written on back: ""Articifical harbor [sic], Winter 1958/ Rockport/ ON BACK:/ Winter 1958 [ a fragment from backing? in N.F. Little hand #4a] Taken Feb. 1958. 5. [Right of photogrphs, vertically in pen (same backing and medium as #1) Babcon's HISTORY OF GLOCESTER: (same text as is already transcribed under description)]. [For diagram of layout see cataloguing worksheet]
Location of origin
Rockport, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
ink
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
Object type
Documentary Artifact
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
ink
Ink
MAP
paper (fiber product)
topographic surveys
Unidentified Paper
Watercolor
watercolor (paint)
Dimensions
17 x 25 x 0.75 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.815
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2598

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