Some of you may have seen the recent release by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that they would no longer be printing traditional nautical charts. Most navigators are now using electronic versions that can be downloaded from their website. But what you may not know is that you can also download their historic charts. They have an amazing collection which I have often accessed to illustrate our books. Here is an 1840 map of the Chesapeake Bay. Note the red dots indicating lighthouses.