The Nation of Nantucket

The DAUNTLESS with Captain Burdett at the helm.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

One of my favorite sailboats is a catboat.  A nice, quiet, placid sail hunkered down inside one makes me think of what it must have been like sailing about the...
Eeling on Nantucket Harbor.  Note that two men have axes to chop holes in the ice.  Also, note the Unitarian Church and the three-masted schooner.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

To Stew Eels: Skin, gut and wash them very clean in six or eight Waters, to wash away all the Sand; then cut them in Pieces about as long as your Finger, put...
The Island Home.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...
The Petrel at Petrel's Landing.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

Boats, as you know, come in all shapes and sizes.  There are even very small steamships and Nantucket was home to a few in the late nineteenth century. The...
First By-Laws of the Unitarian Sewing Society.  Courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

Maria Mitchell once said, “When I see a woman sew, I think, what a capacity she has for using a micrometer!”  So, maybe what I am about to write would be a bit...
Dory Fisherman in Siasconset.  Photograph Courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

This summer’s fishing seems to be very good in comparison to the last few summers.  Going to the beach for a swim after work, we find that we are not alone on...
South Beach Boatyard, August 1925.  Courtesy of Nantucket Historical Association.

My husband is a naval architect.  He maintains quite a few boats here on Nantucket, including many of the Alerions which were first built by Sanford Boat and...
Ice Harvesting, Nantucket.  Image courtesy of Nantucket Historical Association.

The past few weeks have been very un-Nantucket as far as the heat and the extreme humidity.  When I was a child and even a teenager, I remember that we always...
Gay Street Nantucket, location of the Atlantic Silk manufactury

The First Post in The Nation of Nantucket, by Jascin Finger As I walk around Nantucket, I often think about what the houses and buildings were used for in the...

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