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NEW JERSEY v. DELAWARE

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES


June 3, 1935

NEW JERSEY
v.
DELAWARE

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DECREE.

This cause came on to be heard upon the pleadings, evidence and the exceptions filed by the parties to the report of the Special Master, and was argued by counsel. The Court now being fully advised in the premises and for the purpose of carrying into effect the conclusions set forth in the opinion of this Court, announced February 5, 1934 (291 U.S. 361);

It is now ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED as follows:

1. The report of the Special Master filed in this cause is hereby approved, and all exceptions thereto are hereby overruled.

 2. Within the twelve mile circle (that is, within the circle the radius of which is twelve miles, and the center of which is the building used prior to 1881 as the courthouse at New Castle, Delaware, certain arcs of which are hereafter described and determined), the Delaware River and the subaqueous soil thereof up to mean low water line on the easterly or New Jersey side is adjudged to belong to the State of Delaware, and the true boundary line between the States within said twelve mile circle is adjudged to be mean low water mark on the easterly or New Jersey side of the Delaware River.

3. Below said twelve mile circle the true boundary line between the States of New Jersey and Delaware is adjudged to be the middle of the main ship channel in Delaware River and Bay.

4. The real, certain and true boundary line separating the States of New Jersey and Delaware, in Delaware River and Bay thus determined is shown upon the annexed composite

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     map, made up of parts of charts Nos. 294 and 295 (published in September, 1933), and No. 1218 (published in August, 1932), of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, embracing the particular locality; said composite map is identified by title and date as follows:

"Map of

New Jersey-Delaware Boundary in

Delaware River and Delaware Bay

To Accompany

The Decree of the Supreme Court of the United States

Being a composite map combining and reducing U.S. C. & G. S. Charts 294, 295 (Sept. 1933) and 1218 (Aug. 1932) to show boundary between New Jersey and Delaware settled by the final decree of the Supreme Court of the United States -- pursuant to the opinion of the Court reported in 291 U.S. 361.

(Scale)

March 30, 1935

Sherman & Sleeper, Engineers.

501 Cooper Street,

Camden, N.J."

Said boundary line is described as follows:

BEGINNING at a point in the middle of the main ship channel of the Delaware River in the extension southeastward of the Eastern Arc of the Compound Curve of the boundary between Delaware and Pennsylvania, as surveyed by W. C. Hodgkins of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey and set forth in Appendix No. 8 of the Survey Report for 1893; said point being a corner between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Thence (1) southeastward along said arc extended to the mean low water line on the eastern bank of the Delaware River, which point is N 49 degree 50 minute W True, 460 feet from Boundary Reference Monument No. 1 the position of which is Lat. 39 degree 47 minute 43.211 second, Long. 75 degree 24 minute 16.047 second.

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     Thence (2) along the mean low water line of the eastern bank of the Delaware River the several courses and distances thereof, the general direction being southwestward, crossing in a straight line the mouth of each intervening small estuary, to a point on the end of the spit extending southwestward from the fast land of Oldman's Neck, on the northwestern side of the mouth of Oldman's Creek; said point is located N 51 degree 38 minute W True, 637 feet from Boundary Reference Monument No. 2 the position of which is Lat. 39 degree 46 minute 23.552 second, Long. 75 degree 26 minute 49.560 second.

Thence (3) southwestward in a straight line across the mouth of Oldman's Creek to a point on the mean low water line located N 51 degree 38 minute W True, 183 feet from Boundary Reference Monument No. 2.

Thence (4) along the mean low water line of the eastern bank of the Delaware River, the several courses and distances thereof, the general direction being first southwestward, then southeastward, crossing in a straight line the mouth of each intervening small estuary, to a point located S 3 degree 57 minute 55 second E True, 116 feet from Boundary Reference Monument No. 3 (which monument is U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Triangulation Station SALEM COVE NORTH) the position of which is Lat. 39 degree 34 minute 40.915 second, Long. 75 degree 30 minute 46.942 second.

Thence (5) southward in a straight line across the mouth of the Salem River to a point on the mean low water line of the Eastern bank of the Delaware River located N 3 degree 57 minute 53 second W True, 108 feet from, Boundary Reference Monument No. 4 (which monument is U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Triangulation Station SALEM COVE SOUTH) the position of which is Lat. 39 degree 34 minute 03.753 second, Long. 75 degree 30 minute 43.614 second.

Thence (6) along the mean low water line of the eastern bank of the Delaware River, the several courses and distances thereof, the general direction being first, southwestward, second, southeastward and lastly, southward,

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     crossing in a straight line the mouth of each intervening small estuary, to a point located S 80 degree 19 minute W True, 55 feet from Boundary Reference Monument No. 5 the position of which is Lat. 39 degree 29 minute 52.718 second, Long. 75 degree 31 minute 41.555 second.

Thence (7) westward along the are of a circle, the radius of which is 18216.16 meters or 59,764.2 feet and the center of which is the building used prior to 1881 as the County Courthouse at New Castle, Delaware, across Artificial Island, passing through Boundary Monument No. 6 on Artificial Island the position of which is Lat. 39 degree 29 minute 47.255 second, Long. 75 degree 32 minute 33.640 second; and continuing westward along the same are extended to Turning Point No. 7 in the middle of the main ship channel of the Delaware River said Turning Point No. 7 being located S 86 degree 30 minute W True, 1567 yards from said Boundary Monument No. 6.

Thence (8) in a straight line S 15 degree 11 minute W True, 1603 yards to Turning Point No. 8 located N 89 degree 07 minute E True, 997 yards from Reedy Island Jetty Middle Light.

Thence (9) in a straight line S 4 degree 56 minute E True, 3341 yards to Turning Point No. 9 located N 51 degree 33 minute E True, 1937 yards from Reedy Island Front Range Light.

Thence (10) in a straight line S 42 degree 01 minute E True, 30,208 yards going from the Delaware River into Delaware Bay, and passing through a point located S 48 degree 06 minute W True, 668 yards from Ship John Shoal Light, to Turning Point No. 10 located S 34 degree 24 minute E True, 5106 yards from Ship John Shoal Light and in a straight line between Ship John Shoal Light and Elbow of Cross Ledge Light.

Thence (11) in a straight line S 34 degree 22 minute E True, 12,995 yards to Elbow of Cross Ledge Light, being Turning Point No. 11.

Thence (12) in a straight line S 31 degree 44 minute E True, along a straight line between Elbow of Cross Ledge Light and Brandywine Shoal Light, 18,124 yards to Turning Point

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     No. 12 located N 58 degree 16 minute E True, 1612 yards from Fourteen Foot Bank Light.

Thence (13) in a straight line S 24 degree 60 minute E True, be the distance more or less, through Delaware Bay and seaward to the limits of the respective States of New Jersey and Delaware in the Atlantic Ocean, said course passing through a point located S 65 degree 54 minute W True, 1303 yards from Brandywine Shoal Light.

In the foregoing description the courses or bearings refer to the true meridian passing through the beginning of each course; the positions of the monuments are given on the North American Datum 1927; the names of lights and ranges are those given in the Light Lists, Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, corrected to January 15, 1934, and published by the Bureau of Lighthouses, with the exception of Reedy Island Jetty Middle Light which was not established until about July 12, 1934; the position of the lights in 1934 is used in computing the turning points of the various courses of the boundary and as reference points for these turning points and tie lines to the courses.

5. The court retains jurisdiction of this cause for the purpose of any order or direction, or modification of this decree, or any supplemental decree, which it may at any time deem to be proper in order to carry into effect any of the provisions of this decree, and for the purpose of a resurvey of said boundary line in case of physical changes in the mean low water line within said circle, or in the middle of the main ship channel below said circle, which may, under established rules of law, alter the location of such boundary line.

6. The State of Delaware, its officers, agents and representatives, its citizens and all other persons, are perpetually enjoined from disputing the sovereignty, jurisdiction and dominion of the State of New Jersey over the territory adjudged to the State of New Jersey by this decree;

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     and the State of New Jersey, its officers, agents and representatives, its citizens and all other persons are perpetually enjoined from disputing the sovereignty, jurisdiction and dominion of the State of Delaware over the territory adjudged to the State of Delaware by this decree.

7. This decree is made without prejudice to the rights of either state, or the rights of those claiming under either of said states, by virtue of the compact of 1905 between said states (34 Stat. L. Pt. 1, Ch. 394, p. 858).

8. The costs of this suit shall be equally divided between the parties.

A copy of the map referred to in the forgoing decree is inserted on the next page.

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