Nantucket History & People

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Nantucket History & People

Nantucket Whalers in Europe

by Amy Jenness author of On This Day in Nantucket History On June 1, 1796, the British brig Swallow received a “Letter of Marque,” which gave it the authority to capture French ships. The Letter of Marque and Reprisal is a government license authorizing privateers to attack enemy vessels (Britain […]

Nantucket and World War II
Nantucket History & People

WWII Came Close to Nantucket

• by Amy Jenness, author of On This Day in Nantucket History • In May of 1942, the German Navy sent 8 submarines to prowl Atlantic waters and destroy ships belonging to their enemies.  The grouping, one of the Germans’ famous “wolf packs,” was called Pfadfinder and the impact of […]

Nantucket History & People

Unsung Heroes of the Civil War

• by Frances Ruley Karttunen • Nantucket’s Main Street exists in three distinct segments. The wide part from the head of Straight Wharf uphill between storefronts is known as Main Street Square.  The square resulted from widening the street after the Great Fire of 1846.  At the foot of the […]