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


  • August 10, 1918
    A German submarine surfaced in the middle of a fleet of thirty boats fishing off George’s Bank and sank three of them in 1918.
  • August 9, 1834
    Hawaiian native John B. Swain left Nantucket on a four-year whaling voyage aboard the Clarkson bound for the coast of Japan.

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