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Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

"Nantucket, a port of entry, and the capital of Nantucket co., Mass., is on the N. shore of the island of the same name, about 56 miles E.S.E. of New Bedford. It has a good, deep harbor, which is nearly landlocked. It contains 6 or 7 churches, a national bank, a savings-bank, and an athenaeum, in which are a museum of marine curiosities and a library of 5000 volumes. One weekly news paper is published here. A steamboat plies daily between this port and Martha's Vineyard and Wood's Hole. Pop. of the island in 1850, 8452; in 1875, 3201, Nantucket was formerly celebrated for its extensive whale-fisheries. It is now principally noted as a summer resort for invalids and pleasure-seekers. Pop, of post-town in 1890, 3268."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1676 - November 16 - 1st colonial prison organized, Nantucket Mass

    historyorb.com

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    Coffin House, Built 1686, Oldest House at Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass.
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    Birthplace of Maria Mitchell, Erected 1790, Nantucket, Mass.
  • 1795 - Bank of Nantucket Established
    In 1795, Bank of Nantucket was established with capital of $100,000.

    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
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  • News 1820 - November 20 – After the sinking of the American whaleship Essex of Nantucket by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean the survivors are left afloat in three small whaleboats.
    They eventually resort, by common consent, to cannibalism to allow some to survive.
    www.wikipedia.org
    November 20, 1820

  • News 1841 - October 3 - An October gale, the worst of record for Nantucket, MA, caught the Cape Cod fishing fleet at sea. Forty ships were driven ashore on Cape Cod, and 57 men perished from the town of Truro alone.

    WeatherForYou.com
    October 3, 1841

  • 1841 - August 11 (Wednesday) Frederick Douglass spoke in front of the Anti-Slavery Convention in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

    August 11, 1841

  • NANTUCKET TOWN. [Pop. 9,012. Inc. 1687.]
    The town-of Nantucket (marked n) is situated at the west end of a sort of bay, on the north side of the island, and there are few other houses,...Read MORE...


  • 1890 Nantucket Massachusetts
    Nantucket, the town, embraces the entire island of the same name, and the smaller islands of Tuckernuck, Muskegat, with the three Gravelly Islands;...Read MORE...


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    Broadway, Siasconset, Mass.
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    Ash Lane, Nantucket, Mass.
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    "Goin Shearin" Main Street, Nantucket, Mass.
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    Point Breeze Hotel, 1905
  • 1906
    Nantucket, a banking post=town, capital of Nantucket co., Mass., is on the N. shore of the island of the same name, about 56 miles ESE. of New...Read MORE...


  • Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
    Unitarian Church (South Tower), 1906
  • News 1909 - Six Killed In Crash at Sea.
    The White Star liner Republic, rammed by the Italian liner Florida, in the fog off Nantucket, Mass., when six persons were killed, sank after being...Read MORE...


  • Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
    Wm. Barnes Jr. Residence, Nantucket, Mass.
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    Broadway, Nantucket, Mass., 1910
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    Cliff Beach Bath House
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    Old Jail
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    Sankaty Light
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    The Scallop Fleet
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    Springfield House
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    Little Cottage Down by the Sea
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    Stone Alley
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    The Upper Square, Main Street
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    A Game on Sea Cliff Field
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    Congregational Church
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    Nantucket Island, Mass.
    Folger House, Built by one of the Old Whaling Captains, the Only Three Story Building in Nantucket, Mass.
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    The Hawthorn Lane, Sunset, Nantucket Island, Mass.
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    Orange Street from South Tower
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    Sconset Train, Known as the 20th Century Limited
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    A Street of Many Turns, Nantucket Island, Mass.
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    Old Homestead and Garden, Nantucket, Mass, 1924
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    Upper Main Street
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    White Elephant Hotel
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    The Old Ivy Cottage on Liberty Street, Nantucket Island, Mass.
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    The Old Mill at Sunset
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    Quince Street
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    Main Street, Nantucket, Mass.
  • News 1934 - SEVEN SAILORS PERISH IN COLLISION OF LINER WITH LIGHTSHIP DURING THICK FOG.
    Nantucket, Mass., May 16. - The 43,000-ton liner Olympic, groping its way through a heavy fog, crashed broadside into the Nantucket Lightship...Read MORE...


  • 1952 - February 18 - Winds gusting to 72 mph created mountainous snowdrifts of the 18 inches of snow which buried Nantucket and Hyannis. A barometric pressure reading of 29.02 inches was reported at the center of the storm.

    The Weather Channel

  • News 1956 - July 25 - The Andrea Doria sank in dense fog near Nantucket Lightship, MA.
    The ship was rammed by the Swedish-American liner, Stockholm, forty-five miles off the coast of Massachusetts. Fifty-two persons drowned, or were...Read MORE...


  • 1965 - August 29 - A national record for the month of August was established when 2.5 inches of snow fell atop Mount Washington NH.
    Temperatures in New England dipped to 39 degrees at Nantucket MA, and to 25 degrees in Vermont. For many location it was the earliest freeze of...Read MORE...




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