NSCC W. K. Morrison Special Collection

This Collection was donated to NSCC COGS by Walter Morrison, Cartographer Emeritus of COGS who was interested in antique maps as an illustration of the evolution of map making technology. It is a mixed media print collection of historical maps, atlases, periodicals and books that is focused on the early mapping of Atlantic Canada and specifically Nova Scotia. There are over 2000 items in the print collection; we invite you to follow us as we grow our digital collection.


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PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 5]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 5]
There are notes on the map referring to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "Headwaters of the Cheticamp River Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 6]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 6]
There are notes on the map referring to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "North Cheticamp Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 7]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 7]
There are notes on the map referring to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "North Shore Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 8]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 8]
There are notes on the map refering to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "Headwaters of Margaree River Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 9]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA (Island of Cape Breton) [Sheet No. 9]
There are notes on the map referring to Geological Survey reports. These reports were produced periodically as "Report of Progress". While the maps were issued on their own, they were also appended to these Reports. This map is referred to in other Geological Survey documents as the "South Cheticamp Sheet"., Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled and drawn by Hugh Fletcher, from Plans made by the Admiralty, the Department of Crown Lands, Nova Scotia, and the Geological Survey" ; "To illustrate Reports by Hugh Fletcher, 1879 to 1884".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Cape Breton County (Glace Bay Sheet) [Sheet No. 135]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Cape Breton County (Glace Bay Sheet) [Sheet No. 135]
Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled by C. O. Senécal, from surveys by C. Robb, 1872-74, Hugh Fletcher, 1871-74, and 1895-97, and from plans of Dominion Coal Co."; Geologically surveyed by C. Robb 1872-74 and H. Fletcher 1872-74 and 1895-97".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Victoria and Cape Breton Counties (Cape Dauphin Sheet) [Sheet No. 133]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Victoria and Cape Breton Counties (Cape Dauphin Sheet) [Sheet No. 133]
Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled from Sydney Coal-field sheet 1875-76 with additions and corrections to 1898"; Geologically surveyed by C. Robb 1872-74 and H. Fletcher 1872-74 and 1895-97".
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Victoria and Cape Breton Counties (Sydney Sheet) [Sheet No. 134]
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Victoria and Cape Breton Counties (Sydney Sheet) [Sheet No. 134]
Notes outside the neat lines: "Compiled from Sydney Coal-field sheet 1875-76 with additions and corrections to 1898"; Geologically surveyed by C. Robb 1872-74 and H. Fletcher 1872-74 and 1895-97".
Part of the Tropical DISCOVERIES of the Resolution Sloop, Captain J. Cook in 1774, Referred to in p. ng.
Part of the Tropical DISCOVERIES of the Resolution Sloop, Captain J. Cook in 1774, Referred to in p. ng.
Map of present day New Caledonia and Vanuata from James Cook's second Voyage on the Resolution. Dotted line indicates ship track., Coordinates and scale calculated from graticule and scale bar. Vanuata approximates 1.5 degrees of map in WGS.
Parte Orientale del Canada, Nuova Scozia Settentrionale, e Parte di Labrador
Parte Orientale del Canada, Nuova Scozia Settentrionale, e Parte di Labrador
Uses the Ferro prime meridian (approximately 18° west of Greenwich); longitude is labelled eastward from prime meridian. The scale is not indicated on plate and is calculated based upon measurement of increment of latitude, and rounded from 1:2038068.
Particular Draughts and Plans of some of the Principal Towns and Harbours belonging to the English, French, and Spaniards, in AMERICA and WEST INDIES
Particular Draughts and Plans of some of the Principal Towns and Harbours belonging to the English, French, and Spaniards, in AMERICA and WEST INDIES
Relief shown pictorially. Depths shown by soundings. "No. 105" lower left corner., The 13 maps on this sheet (from upper left to lower right) are: 1. A draught of Boston Harbour 2. The harbour of Placentia 3. A plan of the town and harbour of Louisbourg in the island of Cape Breton taken from the French on June 17, 1745 by the New England men under the command of General Pepperell, assisted by the Britsh Fleet commanded by Admiral Warren 4. The Harbour of Annapolis Royal 5. A draught of New York and Perthamboy Harbour 6. Harbour of St. Augustine 7. The harbour of Providence 8. The town and harbour of Charles Town in South Carolina 9. The Havana 10. Bay of St. Jago de Cuba 11. Fort Royal in Martinico 12. A plan of the town and harbour of Cartagena 13. A plan of the harbour town and forts of Porto Bello when taken by Admiral Vernon on Nov'r 22'd 1739 with 6 ships only
Partie de l'Amérique septent? qui comprend LA NOUVELLE FRANCE ou le CANADA
Partie de l'Amérique septent? qui comprend LA NOUVELLE FRANCE ou le CANADA
Uses the Ferro prime meridian (approximately 18° west of Greenwich); longitude is labelled eastward from prime meridian. The scale bar uses nautical miles and nautical leagues as units of measure and was compared with a secondary calculation by increment of latitude to derive the scales., Inset map: Supplement pour les lacs du Canada
Plan of DUNKIRK, with the CANAL of MARDICK, as they were in 1757
Plan of DUNKIRK, with the CANAL of MARDICK, as they were in 1757
A plan of Dunkirk highlighting the port and canal facilities of the city which were of special concern to the British. Map of that Part of Hannover where the late Battle between the Duke of Cumberland and Marshall d' Etrees was fought July 25, 26, 27 1757. But its military history starts earlier than 1940 as the map of the Dunkirk fortifications below demonstrate. Dunkirk's critical location on the coast of northern France made it a prime military location for centuries before World War II. The map here shows Dunkirk's state of military readiness during the Seven Years War, the first truly world war which in America was called the French and Indian War. The first is a fine plan of the fortified city and surrounding countryside with excellent detail of the extensive fortifications, individual buildings, and the surrounding cultivated fields. The plan locates "The old citadel designed for a new town", numerous forts, roads, soundings and the low water mark. In the Strand is the road to "Furnes and Ostend at low water," the Risband, an ancient, demolished fort, and the "Boom." The fortifications, ports, and canals were demolished and rebuilt several times in accord with the various treaties signed by European powers since the Treaty of Utrecht, and would be demolished again 4 years after this plan's publication as a condition of the Peace of Paris in 1763. It is only after the American Revolutionary War that the French at Dunkirk would be able to fortify the city as they had long wished for., The scale bar is in British fathoms, and there is no graticule; scale was calculated from the scale bar, and the coordinates from georeferencing.
Plan of DUNKIRK, with the Canal of MARDICK, as they were in 1757
Plan of DUNKIRK, with the Canal of MARDICK, as they were in 1757
Map shows Dunkirk's state of military readiness during the Seven Years' War. In America, this was called the French and Indian War. Map depicts in details canal made in 1754 and the Old Citadel designated for a New Town. Canals named: Canal of Furnes, Cana of the Moer or Croomdyke, Canal of Burgues, Canal of Bourburg or Omers, Canal of Mardick. Forts etched are: The Bisban, two for protecting the Road (the bay called Dunkirk Road). Detailed etchings of building locations, fortifications. Canal and bay depth is numerical and in fathoms. One ship wreck is noted as is the Low Water Mark., Map of Dunkirk, located on the North coast of France. The Prime Meridian is unknown due to lack of information at graticule. One scale bar in British Fathoms. Map georeferenced with data acquired from USGS's Earth Explorer. Map reads with North facing to the top of the map.

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