Survey Map

Collection Type

  • Maps and atlases






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."


Descriptive Terms

topographic surveys
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
Unidentified Paper


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]

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),


Gott, Jabez C., 1794-1871 (Artist)

Location of Origin

Rockport, MA, USA


17 x 25 x 0.75 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number



1819 (After)


Massachusetts (United States)