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.More Read more from May 22, 1909

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. More Read more from May 21, 1913

May 20, 1828

Around this date in May of 1828, Nantucket Captain R.S. Bunker was trying to convince Nantucketers that steam-powered boats were better than sailboats. Nantucketers were unimpressed with his case. More Read more from May 20, 1828

May 19, 1916

In 1916, the U.S. Congress proposed to amend the U.S. Constitution to allow women to vote and stated, “the right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by an State on account of Sex.”More Read more from May 19, 1916

May 18, 1820

Eliza Starbuck Barney, a suffragist and antislavery activist who created a genealogical record of more than 40,000 Nantucket families spanning over two and a half centuries, married Nathaniel Barney on this day.More Read more from May 18, 1820

May 17, 1924

Town meeting voters set aside $1,500 to dredge the harbor near the Yacht Club, off Brant Point in front of the Steamship Authority pier, as well as around other small piers. More Read more from May 17, 1924

May 16, 1828

Quaker businessman and whale-ship owner William Rotch died on this day in 1828.More Read more from May 16, 1828

May 15, 1935

The British luxury ocean liner Olympic accidentally broadsided the Nantucket lightship, a floating lighthouse moored 40 miles south of Nantucket. Unable to see it in a heavy fog, the Olympic split the Nantucket in half. More Read more from May 15, 1935

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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