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Office of Coast Survey, 2022: United States Coast Pilot (volume 1 through 9), https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/39970.

Item Identification

Title: United States Coast Pilot (volume 1 through 9)
Short Name: coastpilot_meta_all_bks
Status: In Work
Publication Date: 1796
Abstract:

The United States Coast Pilot is a series of 9 nautical books that cover a wide variety of information important to navigators of U.S. coastal and intercoastal waters, and the waters of the Great Lakes. Most of this information cannot be shown graphically on the standard nautical charts and is not readily available elsewhere. The subjects of the Coast Pilot include, but are not limited to, channel descriptions, anchorages, bridge and cable clearances, currents, tide and water levels, prominent features, pilotage, towage, weather, ice conditions, wharf descriptions, dangers, routes, traffic separation schemes, small-craft facilities and federal regulations applicable to navigations.

Purpose:

Throughout the history of the modern maritime community, sailing directions have played an integral role in ensuring safe and efficient navigation. The United States Coast Pilot, our national sailing directions consists of a series of nautical publications that cover a variety of information important to navigators of coastal and intercoastal waters, including the Great Lakes. Issued in nine volumes they contain vital supplemental information that is difficult or impossible to portray on a nautical chart.

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Supplemental Information:

All Coast Pilot volumes are updated weekly and available online at "http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/cpdownload.htm" with published corrections throughout the year. Each volumes (books) has its own edition and publication date. Refer to the Distribution Section for links to a specific book. Mariners and others are urged to report promptly to the National Ocean Service through the Nautical Inquiry/Discrepancy Reporting System at http://ocsdata.ncd.noaa.gov/idrs/discrepancy.aspx any errors, omissions, or any conditions found to differ from or to be additional to those published in the Coast Pilot or shown on the charts in order that they may be fully investigated and proper corrections made.

The Coast Pilot was first published as a piloting guide by the Blunt family in 1796. A partnership between the Blunt family and the United States Coast Survey began in the 1830's. lasting until 1867 when the United States bought the publishing rights to the Coast Pilot, since then the United States Coast Pilot has been a federal publication.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
ISO 19115 Topic Category boundaries
ISO 19115 Topic Category economy
ISO 19115 Topic Category environment
ISO 19115 Topic Category geoscientificInformation
ISO 19115 Topic Category inlandWaters
ISO 19115 Topic Category location
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
ISO 19115 Topic Category transportation
NOS Data Explorer Topic Category Nautical Charting
None anchorages
None bridge clearances
None channel descriptions
None currents
None dangers
None Federal regulations
None navigational information
None oceans
None pilotage
None routes
None tide and water levels
None towage
None traffic separation schemes

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None U.S. coastal waters
None U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone
None U.S. navigable waters
None U.S. territorial waters

Physical Location

Organization: Office of Coast Survey
City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: Continually
Data Presentation Form: document
Distribution Liability:

The newest edition of a Coast Pilot automatically cancels out previous versions of the Coast Pilot. Weekly updates to the Coast Pilot are available at http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/cpdownload.htm, and through the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Notices to Mariners. To legally meet carriage requirements a Coast Pilot must contain the amendments cut and pasted into the appropriate sections.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 808904
Date Effective From: 2018-12-14
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Keown, Patrick
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address: patrick.keown@noaa.gov
Phone: 240-533-0031

Distributor

CC ID: 808905
Date Effective From: 2018-12-14
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office of Coast Survey (OCS)
Address: 1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
URL: https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 808906
Date Effective From: 2018-12-14
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Keown, Patrick
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address: patrick.keown@noaa.gov
Phone: 240-533-0031

Point of Contact

CC ID: 808907
Date Effective From: 2018-12-14
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Keown, Patrick
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address: patrick.keown@noaa.gov
Phone: 240-533-0031

Extents

Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 493833
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: 180
N° Bound: 64.5
S° Bound: 17

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 493832
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1796

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:

The newest edition automatically cancels out any previous version of a book.

Amendments to the Coast Pilot are availabel online at http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/cpdownload.htm, and through the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Notices to Mariner.

An up-to-date Coast Pilot, as defined by law, includes the book and all amendments cut and pasted into the appropriate sections.

Data Use Constraints:

The Coast Pilot supplements the navigational information shown on charts. Mariners and others are urged to report promptly to the National Ocean Service errors, omissions, or any conditions found to differ from or to be additional to those published in the Coast Pilot or shown on the charts in order that they may be fully investigated and proper corrections made.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 493834
Download URL: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/coastpilot_w.php?book=1
Distributor: Office of Coast Survey (OCS) (2018-12-14 - Present)
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Type: PDF, PDF zip, XML, HTML

Distribution 2

CC ID: 493835
Download URL: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/coastpilot_w.php?book=2
Distributor: Office of Coast Survey (OCS) (2018-12-14 - Present)
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Type: PDF, PDF zip, XML, HTML

Distribution 3

CC ID: 493836
Download URL: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/coastpilot_w.php?book=3
Distributor: Office of Coast Survey (OCS) (2018-12-14 - Present)
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Type: PDF, PDF zip, XML, HTML

Distribution 4

CC ID: 493837
Download URL: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/coastpilot_w.php?book=4
Distributor: Office of Coast Survey (OCS) (2018-12-14 - Present)
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Type: PDF, PDF zip, XML, HTML

Distribution 5

CC ID: 493838
Download URL: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/coastpilot_w.php?book=5
Distributor: Office of Coast Survey (OCS) (2018-12-14 - Present)
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Type: PDF, PDF zip, XML, HTML

Distribution 6

CC ID: 493839
Download URL: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/coastpilot_w.php?book=6
Distributor: Office of Coast Survey (OCS) (2018-12-14 - Present)
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Type: PDF, PDF zip, XML, HTML

Distribution 7

CC ID: 493840
Download URL: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/coastpilot_w.php?book=7
Distributor: Office of Coast Survey (OCS) (2018-12-14 - Present)
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Type: PDF, PDF zip, XML, HTML

Distribution 8

CC ID: 493841
Download URL: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/coastpilot_w.php?book=8
Distributor: Office of Coast Survey (OCS) (2018-12-14 - Present)
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Type: PDF, PDF zip, XML, HTML

Distribution 9

CC ID: 493842
Download URL: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/coastpilot_w.php?book=9
Distributor: Office of Coast Survey (OCS) (2018-12-14 - Present)
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Type: PDF, PDF zip, XML, HTML

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 493826
URL: https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/publications/coast-pilot/index.html
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

Main webpage.

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 493870
Activity Date/Time: 2014-02-18
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 493869
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05
Description:

Converted from FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using 'fgdc_to_inport_xml.pl' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 587943
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 718985
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08
Description:

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Data Quality

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

The geographic position represents the most accurate position available found in documents received by NOS. Cautions are provided, as appropriate, to describe errors due to instrument type.Information received by NOS from various sources concerning depths, dangers, currents, facilities, and other subjects, which has not been verified by Government surveys and inspections, is often included in the Coast Pilot; such unverified information is qualified as "reported," and should be regarded with caution.

Vertical Positional Accuracy:

Depth is the vertical distance from the chart datum to the bottom and is expressed in the same units as soundings on the applicable chart.Controlling depth of a channel is the least depth within the limits of the channel; it restricts the safe use of the channel to drafts of less than that depth.Federal project depth is the design dredging depth of a channel constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the project depth may or may not be the goal of maintenance dredging after completion of the channel, and, for this reason, project depth must not be confused with controlling depth.Depths along side wharves usually have been reported by owners and/or operators of the waterfront facilities, and have not been verified by Government surveys; since these depths may be subject to change, local authorities should be consulted for the latest controlling depths.

Completeness Report:

Each volume of the Coast Pilot is published on an annual basis with revisions and updates.

Amendments to individual volumes are available online at

"http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/cpdownload.htm", and through the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Notices to Mariners.

In certain cases, items are flagged with advisories when more information is required from local officials in order to conduct safe navigation.

This is often observed when depths are measured by local operators of waterfront facilities or annual tidal predictions issued by NOS provide insufficient resolution to determine under-keel-clearance.

The Coast Pilot is complete, at time of publication, however the information covers a dynamically changing environment and it is the responsibility of the user to file Coast Pilot Reports when they find errors, omissions, or any conditions found to differ from or to be additional to those published in the Coast Pilot.

Filing reports allows the information to be fully investigated and proper corrections made as appropriate.

Conceptual Consistency:

The Coast Pilot supplements the navigational information shown on nautical charts.

It is imperative to recognize that when an abbreviation, or policy changes, it does not require that all preexisting data in the Coast Pilots change.

Therefore, there are inconsistencies in the Coast Pilots depending on policy at the time the feature was applied or updated.

Lineage

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 493824
Description:

The Coast Pilot supplements the navigational information shown on nautical charts. The sources for updating the Coast Pilot include, but are not limited to, field inspections conducted by NOAA, information published in Notices to Mariners, reports from NOAA Hydrographic vessels and field parties, information from other Government agencies, State and local governments, maritime and pilotage associations, port authorities, and mariners.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 39970
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:39970
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 13:49+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-12-14
Owner Org: OCS
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2018-12-14
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-12-14