Map of Charleston Harbor gets a long-awaited facelift

Map of Charleston Harbor gets a long-awaited facelift

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's 2014, and yes, there's still a need for paper maps.

Captain John Cameron, of the Charleston Branch Pilot's Association, knows that better than most.

The retired member of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Association Executive Director worked for years with fellow Charleston Harbor Pilots to get an upgraded version of the nautical chart.

Their efforts, finally realized on July 4th, when The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, released a new and improved map, expanding farther east, also covering an additional 345 square nautical miles.

"It got to the point where it got to the edge of the map," Cameron said.

The first edition, published in 1936, outlines the Charleston shoreline and sea floor, also detailing water depth, and potential navigation dangers.

Cameron said bigger ships, and the potential deepening of the Charleston Harbor were major factors in the push for an upgraded nautical chart.

"It would be like trying to drive to Charlotte, you get to the city limits of Charleston and now you have to use a map of the whole United States."

For commercial ships, the chart is required per federal law

In addition to harbor pilots, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also contributed to the new design.  Click here to take a look.

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