March 20, 1687

On this day in 1687, Nantucket property taxes, a payment of either one lamb or two shillings, were due and residents were to pay them to the state of New York. Nantucket wouldn't become a part of Massachusetts until 1692. More Read more from March 20, 1687

March 19, 1840

Nantucket’s fifth newspaper, The Islander, began publishing. For three years, it was Nantucket's leftist paper of record, promoting progressive movements and advocating for the abolition of slavery.More Read more from March 19, 1840

March 18, 1906

Captain Charles Grant, the most successful whaling master on Nantucket, died almost penniless today in 1906.More Read more from March 18, 1906

March 17, 1807

Henry Coffin, owner of several whaleships and a large shipping business, was born. Herman Melville was a crew member on one of Coffin's ships, the "Charles & Henry," in 1840. More Read more from March 17, 1807

March 16, 1797

Anti-slavery activist, Robert Folger Walcutt, was born on Nantucket on this day.More Read more from March 16, 1797

March 15, 1775

Massachusetts Governor, Thomas Hutchinson, attends Britain’s House of Lords to witness a debate on the New England Restraining Act, Britain’s retaliation for the American colonies' boycott of English goods.More Read more from March 15, 1775

March 14, 1846

The ship Earl of Eglington from Greenock, Scotland, went aground at Tom Nevers.More Read more from March 14, 1846

March 13, 1861

The Inquirer publishes an article informing Nantucketers of the death of whale-oil magnate Joseph Starbuck.More Read more from March 13, 1861

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