New NHA Acquisition

Sign for The Relaxed Lobster, 1972

The NHA recently purchased the sign from the Relaxed Lobster. For two years in the 1970s, the Relaxed Lobster was the name of the restaurant on Steamboat Wharf otherwise called the Skipper from 1921 to 1984. The Skipper was an island summer institution, located partly on an old coasting schooner alongside the wharf and partly in a building on the pierside. The decrepit schooner was demolished in the 1950s and replaced by a dining room on pilings over the water. Richard Evans operated the Relaxed Lobster under a lease from owners Carl and Alice Erickson. Evans renovated the place and even took some steps toward making it look like an old schooner again. He expanded the restaurant’s offerings to include live music and alcohol. At a liquor license hearing in 1972, Selectman Andrew Lowell joked, “I hope the customers don’t find the lobsters as relaxed as the name indicates.”

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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