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Nantucket, Massachusetts
Nantucket

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Location in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 41°17′00″N 70°06′00″W / 41.283333, -70.1
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Nantucket County
Settled 1641
Incorporated 1671
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Town  105.3 sq mi (272.6 km²)
 - Land  47.8 sq mi (123.8 km²)
 - Water  57.5 sq mi (148.8 km²)
Elevation  30 ft (9 m)
Population (2000)
 - Town 9,520
 - Density 199.1/sq mi (76.9/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02554
Area code(s) 508 / 774
Website: http://www.nantucket-ma.gov/

Nantucket is an island 30 miles (48.3 Km) south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in the United States. Together with the small islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, it constitutes the town of Nantucket, Massachusetts and the coextensive Nantucket County, which cover all three islands. The region of Surfside on Nantucket is the southernmost settlement in Massachusetts. Siasconset, referred to as 'Sconset, is the closest point in the US to Portugal and Spain. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 595 KB) Summary Nantucket, Massachusetts. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Courtesy of the Town of Nantucket, MA. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Nantucket_ma_highlight. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Nantucket is an island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, formed of glacial moraine. ... An Open Town Meeting is a form of municipal legislature, typical in the New England region of the United States. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre (American English:meter) is a measure of length. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Area code 508 was split from area code 617 on July 16, 1988. ... Area code 774 is an overlay of parts of area code 508. ... Cape Cod (or simply the Cape) is an hook-shaped peninsula nearly coextensive with Barnstable County, Massachusetts and forming the easternmost portion of the state of Massachusetts, in the Northeastern United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Tuckernuck is an island in Massachusetts west of Nantucket Island and East of Muskeget The island is privately owned by its summer residents and has approximately 35 houses on it. ... Muskeget is a low sandy island to the west of Tuckernuck and Nantucket. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ...


Nantucket is a tourist destination and summer colony. The population of the island soars from approximately 10,000 to 50,000 during the summer months, due to tourists and summer residents. According to Forbes Magazine, in 2006, Nantucket had the highest median property value of any Massachusetts zip code. Tourists on Oahu, Hawaii Tourism is travel for predominantly recreational or leisure purposes or the provision of services to support this leisure travel. ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ... Alternate meaning: For the Boston Brahmin family associated with John Forbes Kerry, see Forbes family. ...


The National Park Service has designated the entire island as a National Historic District, paying particular note to the settlements of Nantucket and Siasconset. The island features one of the highest concentration of pre-Civil War structures in the United States. The National Park Service (NPS) is the United States federal agency that manages all National Parks, many National Monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations. ... The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ...

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Origin of the name

Also nicknamed "The Grey Lady", Nantucket takes its name from a word in an Eastern Algonquian language of southern New England, originally spelled variously as natocke, nantican, and nautican. The meaning of the term is uncertain, though it may have meant "in the midst of waters."[1] The Eastern Algonquian languages are a subgroup of the larger Algonquian family, itself a member of the Algic family; prior to European contact, the family consisted of around 17 languages, which streched from Newfoundland south into North Carolina. ...


History

1870s street scene on Nantucket.
1870s street scene on Nantucket.

The island's beginnings in western history can possibly be traced to its conjectured sighting by Norsemen in the 11th century. But it was not until 1602 that Captain Bartholomew Gosnold of Falmouth, England sailed his bark Concord past the bluffs of Siasconet and really put Nantucket on the map. The island's original inhabitants, the Wampanoag Indians, lived undisturbed until 1641 when the island was deede by the English (the authorities in control of all land from the coast of Maine to New York) to Thomas Mayhew and his son, merchants of Watertown and Martha's Vineyard. Nantucket was part of Dukes County, New York until 1691, when it was transferred to the newly formed Province of Massachusetts Bay and split off to form Nantucket County. The entire area of the New York county had been purchased by Thomas Mayhew Sr. of Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1641, buying out competing land claims. The earliest English settlement began on Martha's Vineyard. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 782 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (900 × 690 pixel, file size: 231 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Circa 1870s Nantucket street scene by C. H. Shute & Son of Edgartown, MA. Charles H. Shute (1818-1877) was a Nantucket native who operated a photography... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 782 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (900 × 690 pixel, file size: 231 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Circa 1870s Nantucket street scene by C. H. Shute & Son of Edgartown, MA. Charles H. Shute (1818-1877) was a Nantucket native who operated a photography... Norseman redirects here; for the town of the same name see Norseman, Western Australia. ... Bartholomew Gosnold (1572 - August 22, 1607) was an English lawyer, explorer, and privateer. ... Falmouth is a sea-port on the south coast of Cornwall in the United Kingdom. ... The Wampanoag (Wôpanâak in the Wampanoag language) are a Native American people. ... Events The Long Parliament passes a series of legislation designed to contain Charles Is absolutist tendencies. ... Thomas Mayhew was an English cabinetmaker of the 18th century, the less-distinguished partner of William Ince. ... Watertown is the name of some places in the United States of America: Watertown, Connecticut Watertown, Massachusetts Watertown, Michigan Watertown, Minnesota Watertown, New York Watertown, South Dakota Watertown, Tennessee Watertown, Wisconsin Watertown Township, Michigan Watertown is also a nickname for Area 51 This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... Dukes County, New York was formed on November 1, 1683 by New York from the Elizabeth Islands, Marthas Vineyard, and Nantucket Island, all beyond the eastern end of Long Island in the Province of New York. ... A map of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. ... Thomas Mayhew, Sr. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Middlesex County Settled 1630 Incorporated 1630 Government  - Type Town Council  - City Manager Michael J. Driscoll Area  - City  4. ...


Nantucket was formerly the world's leading whaling port (and still serves as home port for a small fishing industry). Herman Melville comments on Nantucket's whaling dominance in Moby Dick, Chapter 14: "Two thirds of this terraqueous globe are the Nantucketer's. For the sea is his; he owns it, as Emperors own empires." The crew of the oceanographic research vessel Princesse Alice, of Albert Grimaldi (later Prince Albert I of Monaco) pose while flensing a catch. ... Seaport, a painting by Claude Lorrain, 1638 The Port of Wellington at night. ... Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. ... Moby-Dick book cover Moby-Dick - the official title of the first edition - is a novel by Herman Melville. ...

Whale weathervane atop the Nantucket Historical Association Whaling Museum
Whale weathervane atop the Nantucket Historical Association Whaling Museum

By the Civil War, whaling was in decline and the island suffered great economic hardships, worsened by the 1846 "Great Fire" that, fueled by whale oil and lumber, devastated the main town, burning some 36 acres. It left hundreds homeless and poverty stricken, and many people left. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (3072 × 2048 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (3072 × 2048 pixel, file size: 2. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total...


As a result the island depopulated and was left under-developed and isolated until the mid-20th century. The isolation kept many of the pre-Civil War buildings intact and by the 1950s, enterprising developers began buying up large sections of the island and restoring them to create an upmarket destination for the wealthy in the Northeastern United States. This highly controlled development can be compared to neighboring Martha's Vineyard, whose development served as a model for what the developers of Nantucket were trying to avoid. Map of Marthas Vineyard. ...


On July 25, 1956, 51 people were killed in the collision of the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria with the SS Stockholm in heavy fog 45 miles south of Nantucket. is the 206th day of the year (207th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The SS Andrea Doria was an ocean liner for the Italian Line (Società di navigazione Italia) home ported in Genoa, Italy. ... There have been three ocean liners named Stockholm. ...


In 1977, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard unsuccessfully attempted to secede from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The secession vote was sparked by a proposed change to the Massachusetts Constitution, which reduced the islands' representation in the Massachusetts General Court. Map of Marthas Vineyard. ... The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the fundamental governing document of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ...


On October 31, 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990, traveling from New York City to Cairo, crashed off the coast of Nantucket, killing all 217 on board. is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Flight 990 was a Los Angeles-New York-Cairo flight operated by EgyptAir. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Nickname: Egypt: Site of Cairo (top center) Coordinates: , Government  - Governor Dr. Abdul Azim Wazir Area  - City 214 km²  (82. ...


Geography

Satellite Image of Nantucket Island

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nantucket County has a total area of 786 km² (303.5 mi²), 84.25% of which is water. The area of Nantucket Island proper is 123.8 km² (47.8 mi²). The triangular region of ocean between Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, is Nantucket Sound. The highest point on the island is Folger Hill which stands 109 feet above sea level. Altar Rock is a close second at a height of 108 feet above sea level. Image File history File links Nantucket. ... Image File history File links Nantucket. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... Map of Marthas Vineyard. ... Cape Cod (or simply the Cape) is an hook-shaped peninsula nearly coextensive with Barnstable County, Massachusetts and forming the easternmost portion of the state of Massachusetts, in the Northeastern United States. ... Nantucket Sound is a roughly triangular area of the Atlantic Ocean offshore from the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ...


The entire island, as well as the adjoining islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, comprise both the Town of Nantucket and the County of Nantucket. The main settlement, also called Nantucket, is located at the western end of Nantucket Harbor, where it opens into Nantucket Sound. Key localities on the island include Madaket, Surfside, Polpis, Wauwinet, Miacomet and Siasconset (often abbreviated as 'Sconset).


Demographics

The cobblestone Main Street in historic Downtown Nantucket
The cobblestone Main Street in historic Downtown Nantucket
There is also a census-designated place called Nantucket.

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 9,520 people, 3,699 households, and 2,104 families residing in Nantucket. The population density was 76.9/km² (199.1/mi²). There were 9,210 housing units at an average density of 74.4/km² (192.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.85% White, 8.29% African American, 0.64% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.01% Native American, 1.60% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.23% of the population. 19.9% were of Irish, 17.1% English, 7.2% Italian, 6.1% Portuguese, 6.0% German and 5.1% French ancestry according to Census 2000. 92.6% spoke English, 4.1% Spanish and 1.6% French as their first language. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 740 KB) Summary Downtown Main Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 740 KB) Summary Downtown Main Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts. ... A cobblestone-covered street Cobblestones are stones used in the pavement of early streets. ... Nantucket is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the town of Nantucket in Nantucket County, Massachusetts. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Languages English Religions Christianity (Anglicanism, Roman Catholicism and other minority denominations), and other faiths. ... The United States 2000 Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


There were 3,699 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.90. For the record label, see Marriage Records. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 40.4% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% at 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 105.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.0 males.


The median income for a household for year-round residents in the town is $55,522, and the median income for a family was $66,786. Males had a median income of $41,116 versus $31,608 for females. The per capita income for the town was $31,314. About 3.0% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


The Nantucket school system has approximately 1,200 students, about 400 of which are in the high school. Nantucket High School is a comprehensive public high school, located in Nantucket, Massachusetts. ...


Nantucket is served by Nantucket Memorial Airport, a three-runway airport on the south side of the island. The airport is one of the busiest in the Commonwealth and often logs more take-offs and landings on a pleasant summer day than Boston's Logan airport. This is due in part to the large number of private/corporate planes used by wealthy summer inhabitants, and in part to the 10-seat Cessna 402s used by several commercial air carriers to serve the island community. Nantucket Memorial Airport (IATA: ACK, ICAO: KACK) is a public airport located on the south side of the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. ... The Cessna 402 is a 6 to 10 place light twin piston engine aircraft. ...


Government

Education

Nantucket is served by Nantucket Public Schools. Nantucket Public School System controls the only public schools on Nantucket Island. ...


Schools include:

  • Nantucket Elementary School
  • Cyrus Peirce Middle School
  • Nantucket High School
  • Nantucket Community School

Nantucket High School is a comprehensive public high school, located in Nantucket, Massachusetts. ...

Transportation

Notable residents

  • Abiah Folger, Benjamin Franklin's mother, was born on Nantucket. Her birthsite is marked by a plaque and is known to locals as "The Bench." In 2002 Nantucket High School seniors staged a celebration of her birth at the site - a tradition which has continued every year since.
  • Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara have a property right on Children's Beach.
  • Teresa Heinz and John Kerry own a summer residence on Brant Point.
  • Jack Welch has an estate on the east side of the island near 'Sconset.
  • Billionaire and Clinton antagonist Richard Mellon Scaife visits his small villa seasonally.
  • NBC correspondents Tim Russert and Chris Matthews have both purchased homes on the island.
  • Aviation pioneer Frank Lorenzo is a neighbor of Kerry '04 and Obama '08 financier Louis Sussman on the north shore of the island.
  • Russell Morash, television producer of Julia Child shows, This Old House, New Yankee Workshop, and Victory Garden has a home here.[1]
  • Tommy Hilfiger as shown in the television series Rich Girls

Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford have a house on the island. Benjamin Franklin (January 17 [O.S. January 6] 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the most well known Founding Fathers of the United States. ... Jerry Stiller (born June 8, 1927) is an American comedian, actor, and father of Ben Stiller. ... Teresa Heinz, 2004. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ... Jack Welch as CEO of GE John Francis Jack Welch, Jr. ... Richard Mellon Scaife (born July 3, 1932, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), a U.S. billionaire and owner–publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. ... Timothy John Russert, Jr. ... Christopher John Matthews (born December 17, 1945) is a self-described conservative, television talk show host, and former political aide. ... Francisco A. Lorenzo (b. ... Russell Morash is a producer and director of many television programs produced thorugh WGBH and airing on PBS. His shows include This Old House, The Victory Garden, and The New Yankee Workshop. ... Thomas Jacob Hilfiger (born March 24, 1951 in Elmira, New York) is a world-famous American fashion designer and creator of the eponymous Tommy Hilfiger and Tommy brands. ... Rich Girls is a MTV reality show that was screened for one season on television in the fall and winter of 2003-2004. ...


References in popular culture

Television

  • The television series Wings was based in Nantucket.
  • In "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife", the tenth episode of The Simpsons' fifteenth season, the story upon which Marge is writing occurs in the island of Nantucket, even though she didn't know it was an island at all.
  • In NBC's Heroes, Nathan Petrelli sent his wife and two children to the island of Nantucket to escape the foretold explosion.

Wings was an American sitcom that ran on NBC from April 19, 1990 to May 14, 1997. ... Diatribe of a Mad Housewife is the tenth episode of The Simpsons fifteenth season, which originally aired January 25, 2004. ... Marge is a female name, often a shortened form of Margaret. ... Heroes is an American Emmy Award-nominated [1] science fiction drama television series, created by Tim Kring, which premiered on NBC on September 25, 2006. ...

Film

One Crazy Summer is a 1986 comedy movie starring John Cusack, Demi Moore, Curtis Armstrong, and Joel Murray. ... To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday is a 1996 film starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter Gallagher, Claire Danes and Wendy Crewson. ...

Literature

Sankaty Head lighthouse at the eastern end of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts ca. November 2000
Sankaty Head lighthouse at the eastern end of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts ca. November 2000
  • In Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick, Nantucket is the port town of departure for Ahab's whaling ship, the Pequod.
  • In the Island in the Sea of Time trilogy, Nantucket gets sent back in time 3,000 years and ends up as the capital of the world-spanning Republic of Nantucket.

Mythopoeic literature is literature that involves the creation of fictional myths. ... There once was a Man from Nantucket is the opening line for many limericks and is among the most familiar opening lines in poetry. ... A limerick is a five-line poem with a strict meter, popularized by Edward Lear. ... Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor, critic and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. ... The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket is Edgar Allan Poes longest novel, published in 1838. ... Robert Lowell (March 1, 1917–September 12, 1977), born Robert Traill Spence Lowell, IV, was a highly regarded mid-twentieth-century American poet. ... The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket is an influential poem by Robert Lowell. ... Dylan Thomas Dylan Marlais Thomas (October 27, 1914 – November 9, 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer. ... Under Milk Wood was originally a radio play and later a stage play by Dylan Thomas. ... Nathaniel Philbrick is an American author and a winner of the National Book Award for his work of maritime history In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. ... The whaling ship Essex left Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1819 on a two-and-a-half-year voyage in the whaling grounds of the South Pacific to hunt sperm whales. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (589x1040, 126 KB) The lighthouse at the eastern end of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts ca. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (589x1040, 126 KB) The lighthouse at the eastern end of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts ca. ... A HDR image of a traditional lighthouse For other uses, see Lighthouse (disambiguation). ... Nantucket is an island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, formed of glacial moraine. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Look up Circa on Wiktionary, the free dictionary The Latin word circa, literally meaning about, is often used to describe various dates (often birth and death dates) that are uncertain. ... Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. ... Moby-Dick book cover Moby-Dick - the official title of the first edition - is a novel by Herman Melville. ... Moby-Dick book cover Moby-Dick - the official title of the first edition - is a novel by Herman Melville. ... Stephen Michael Stirling is a Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. ...

Music

  • In the Billy Joel song Downeaster 'Alexa' (1989) Nantucket is mentioned.

William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, and composer. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Huden, John C. (1962). Indian Place Names of New England. New York: Museum of the American Indian. Cited in: Bright, William (2004). Native American Place Names in the United States. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, pg. 312

References

  • Bond, C. Lawrence, Native Names of New England Towns and Villages, privately published by C. Lawrence Bond, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1991.
  • Fabrikant, Geraldine, "Old Nantucket Warily Meets the New", New York Times, June 5, 2005, [2]
  • Philbrick, Nathaniel, In The Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Penguin, NY, NY, 2000.

See also

Brant Point Light is a lighthouse located on Nantucket Island. ... Mayhew Folger was the Captain of the sealing ship Topaz that rediscovered the Pitcairn Islands in 1808. ... Folgers Coffee is a major brand of coffee in the US, part of the food and beverage division of Procter & Gamble. ... The Inquirer and Mirror, also called The I&M, is the weekly newspaper of record on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. ... The Nantucket Independent is a weekly newspaper on Nantucket. ... Rowland Hussey Macy was an American who started Macys store. ... Maria Mitchell Maria Mitchell (August 1, 1818 – June 28, 1889) was an American astronomer. ... Moby-Dick[1] is an 1851 novel by Herman Melville. ... Mary Morrill/Morrel/Morrills/Morill (Circa 1620 – 1704) was the grandmother of Benjamin Franklin who was an American printer, journalist, publisher, author, philanthropist, abolitionist, public servant, scientist, librarian, diplomat, and inventor. ... Lucretia Coffin Mott (January 3, 1793 – November 11, 1880) was an American Quaker minister, abolitionist, social reformer and proponent of womens rights. ... Nantucket Reds™ are a style of pants by Murrays Toggery Shop of Nantucket, Massachusetts. ... Nantucket Sound is a roughly triangular area of the Atlantic Ocean offshore from the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... The Wampanoag (Wôpanâak in the Wampanoag language) are a Native American people. ... Charles Frederick Winslow (1811-1877) was a physician, diplomat, and world traveler. ...

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