Guide to the Engine Company #4 Record Book, 1871-1899

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Guide to the Engine Company #4 Record Book
Engine Company #4
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

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Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

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Preferred Citation: Engine Company #4 Record Book, Nantucket Historical Association.

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Subject Headings

  • Topical Term
    • Fire stations.
    • Shipwrecks.
    • Weather—Observations—Massachusetts—Nantucket—19th century.

Biographical Information

The John B. Chace Engine Company #4 was located at the corner of Main and Federal Streets in Nantucket, Mass. Known as Engine #4, the organization was comprised of volunteers who operated hand-pumpers placed at strategic locations in town in the event of a fire emergency. Eventually, Engine #4 was placed in Coffin’s Court (located at the head of Broad Street), and was attended by Peter Chase, Aaron Mitchell, and Frederick Hussey.

Scope and Content

The Engine Company #4 record book contains weather reports, ships’ arrivals and departures, wrecks and rescues, notes from town meetings, and records concerning the Nantucket Fire Department.


Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, July 2018 with additional description by Sarah Lerner in September 2018.

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