This Week in Nantucket History

On This Day in Natnucket History CoverNantucketer Amy Jenness shares her research on what happened On This Day In Nantucket History one day at a time for the past seven days. These excerpts offer up quirky and fascinating stories of the people and events that shaped this remote island. Check the NHA home page each day to catch up on what happened today in Nantucket history.

Excerpts from On This Day In Nantucket History
By Amy Jenness
The History Press


  • May 28, 1907
    The Inquirer & Mirror published an amusing, short article that began: “O.C. Hussey went to ‘Sconset on Tuesday, to bring back a load of mattresses." Click to read more.
  • May 27, 1942
    340 miles north of Bermuda, a German submarine torpedoed and sank the Dutch ship Polyphemus. Some of the sixty surviving crew members ended up on Nantucket.
  • May 26, 1658
    George Bunker -- the first husband of one of Nantucket's first white settlers, Jane Godfrey -- drowned on this day in 1658.
  • May 25, 1852
    Annie Barker Folger, an artist and ardent preservationist, was born on this day on Nantucket in 1852.
  • May 24, 1899
    The Los Angeles Herald printed a story with the headline: “She Never Saw Her husband- Both Are Blind and He Thinks of Her as Young” about a Nantucket couple.
  • May 23, 1852
    Azubah Handy Cash accompanied her husband Capt. William Cash aboard the Nantucket whale ship Columbia on a four-year whaling voyage, from October 1850 to May 1854. Click to see what she wrote in her diary on this day in 1852.
  • May 22, 1909
    The Inquirer & Mirror reported that the telegraph cable that connected Nantucket to the mainland had been acting “cranky.” The Postal Telegraph Company sent a cable expert to troubleshoot, and he discovered a break about five miles offshore from Nantucket.
  • May 21, 1913
    On this day, Nantucket’s last living whaling master, Thaddeus C. Defriez, “dropped anchor at the ripe age of 90 years and 7 months,” according to an obituary in the Inquirer & Mirror.

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