How did businesses cater to crewmembers of whaleships when they were ashore?

Just as Melville in Moby-Dick describes boarding houses for seamen ashore, Nantucket provided short-term lodgings. Having left the sea, Captain...More Read more from How did businesses cater to crewmembers of whaleships when they were ashore?

Who was Long Tom Coffin?

Long Tom Coffin is a character in James Fenimore Cooper’s 1824 novel The Pilot. The novel was published ten years...More Read more from Who was Long Tom Coffin?

What is “eye dialect”?

In newspapers and books, particularly in the 1800s, this was a way of approximating in print nonstandard pronunciation of English....More Read more from What is “eye dialect”?

What is the Nantucket Girls Song?

I have made up my mind now to be a Sailor’s wife, To have a purse full of money and...More Read more from What is the Nantucket Girls Song?

Herman Melville and Nantucket

Herman Melville wrote his classic novel Moby-Dick (1851) without having visited the island of Nantucket. The island and its whaling...More Read more from Herman Melville and Nantucket

The More Things Change: Diary of Charles Dyer

Occasionally a visitor will ask to see something in the NHA Research Library that rarely sees the light of day....More Read more from The More Things Change: Diary of Charles Dyer

Ship’s Logs and Journals at the NHA Research Library

“Tuesday June the 16th [Day] 482. Commences with moderate trades, course S at 4 PM Long. by Chro. 137.37.15, Course...More Read more from Ship’s Logs and Journals at the NHA Research Library

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