Rare early plan of the Port of Mariel, first published by Sayer & Bennett, one of the earliest obtainable English Plans of the harbor.
Includes a detailed charting of the harbor, with soundings and anchorages, plan of the city and a number of other place names.
One of the earliest printed plans of the Mariel, which became famous in 1980, when the Mariel boat lift was the exodus point for a flotilla of Cuban Refugees, bound for Miami.
Sayer & Bennett refers to the partnership of Robert Sayer (ca. 1724-1794) and John Bennett (fl. 1760-d.1787), which lasted between 1774 and 1783. Bennett had been Sayer’s apprentice. The pair specialized in American atlases, based on the work of Thomas Jefferys, who plates had been acquired by Sayer when Jefferys went bankrupt in 1766. They also began publishing navigational charts in the 1780s and quickly became the largest supplier of British charts in the trade. However, in 1783 Bennett lost control of his mental faculties and the partnership dissolved as a result. Sayer’s business was later passed to his employees, Robert Laurie and James Whittle.