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


  • October 22, 1800
    Lewis Temple, a former slave and inventor of a revolutionary whaling harpoon, was born.
  • October 21, 1835
    Reverend James E. Crawford saw an angry mob try to lynch William Lloyd Garrison, the leader of the antislavery movement.
  • October 20, 1916
    The Nantucket Cranberry Company was the first in New England to harvest berries using a machine
  • October 19, 1903
    The U.S. Navy began to take control of radio communication onboard the Nantucket lightship.
  • October 18, 1816
    Sixteen-year-old David Whippey left Nantucket onboard the whale ship Hero in bound as an apprentice for seven years.
  • October 17 , 1886
    Painter, writer, teacher and Nantucket summer resident Nathaniel Jermund Pousette-Dart died.
  • October 16, 1910
    The dirigible America, making a transatlantic voyage, communicated by radio to the Siasconset Marconi station.

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