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January 11, 2015
2006: Lady Grace rescued a year before she sank, VP Cheney disses Cape, DA denies bias in Worthington trial

2006: Coast Guard tows disabled Lady of Grace to port

Rescued 10 miles east of Great Point, Nantucket, a year later she was sunk

On this day in 2006 the Coast Guard towed a 76-foot fishing vessel to safety after the vessel became disabled near Nantucket early Monday morning. The Lady of Grace with four crew members on board, contacted the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center at 3:34 a.m. and reported they were without power and drifting approximately 10 miles east of Great Point, Nantucket.

January 8, 2015
2007: Coast Guard medevacs vessel's master. Big-time RI lawyer in our county jail

2007: Coast Guard medevacs vessel's master

749-foot Singapore cargo ship was 40 miles off Nantucket

On this day in 2007 a Coast Guard HH 60 helicopter crew airlifted an ill roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel master today approximately 40 miles southeast of Nantucket.

January 3, 2015
1841: Moby-Dick's author joins a whaling ship crew. 1973: Steinbrenner buys the Yankees from CBS for $12 million.

1928: The day they heard Dawn go down off Cape Cod

On this day in 1928, as reported in The Gettysburg Times under the headline,
"SAILORS HEARD DAWN GO DOWN -
Captain of Ship Tells of Hearing Plane Motors on Night Plane was Last Seen"

December 22, 2014
1967: Steamer Naushon whistle to sound on SS Nantucket

1967: Historic Naushon whistle moved to new ferry

The North Adams Transcript reported on this day in 1967:

Tones of summers past will echo across the waves of Nantucket and Vineyard sounds next summer when the whistle of the old steamer Naushon belts forth its throaty F-major chord once more.

December 17, 2014
Hours changed to accommodate training of new staff

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced new hours for the months of December and January at the Nantucket Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). 

During December 2014 and January 2014, the Nantucket Branch at 16 Broad Street will open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, weather-permitting. In December the hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in January the hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Nantucket branch will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24.

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December 15, 2014
2007: CG medevacs sub crewman. 2007: Erica Chase catches a break

1976: The 641-foot oil tanker runs aground, sinks on Nantucket Shoals

Miles off course, it dumped 7.7 million gallons of No. 6 fuel oil in the sea

December 9, 2014
95 mph wind gusts in Nantucket Sound

2005: Wind gusts regularly hit 50 to 60 miles per hour

Gusts at Cape Wind site registered 95 mph

On this day in 2005, thousands remained without power on Cape Cod after an epic blizzard swept up the East Coast 24 hours earlier.

November 19, 2014
1994: Two planes crash on Cape Cod, killing both pilots

1820: Moby Dick and the White Whale REALLY happened

And it happened to a Nantucket whaling ship named the Essex

On this day in 1820, the whaling ship Essex on a two-and-a-half year voyage out of Nantucket was repeatedly rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in the South Pacific.

November 18, 2014
2006: Martha's Vineyard tops Nantucket for Island Cup fourth year straight. 2009: The game canceled for lack of funds

1914: Mysterious Warship refused to answer signals

On this day in 1914 only three months after the start of World War I, which began after the assassination in Sarajevo in June of 1914 of  Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Bosnian Serb, a strange unidentified warship was cruising off the Lower Cape coast.

November 17, 2014
1851: "Moby-Dick" published. 2003: Favorable SJC ruling on gay marriage for Orleans couple

1851: "Moby-Dick", the White Whale, published

Novel was based on a true Nantucket whaling ship rammed by a whale

November 15, 2014
2006: Christopher McCowen found guilty

1676 - 1st colonial prison organized

Introduction of whaling brought crime to Nantucket

On this day in 1676 Nantucket Island's local authorities hired William Bunker to establish the first prison in the America colonies. For every year Bunker serves as a prison warden for Nantucket's rowdiest citizens, the court agrees to pay him "foeur pounds, halfe in wheat, the other in other graine."

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November 9, 2014
71-foot fishing vessel Olivia Catherine safely reaches New Bedford

Coast Guard saves fishing boat from sinking near Nantucket

The Coast Guard reports that it helped four fishermen, Saturday, when their boat started flooding about 25 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

November 9, 2014
Marijuana and more than $14,000 in cash seized

NANTUCKET - A 24-year-old Nantucket man faces marijuana distribution charges following his arrest Friday night. According to a Massachusetts State Police (MSP) release, Trooper Kevin Bates pulled over a driver in a 2014 GMC 1500 pickup truck on Sparks Avenue for operating without lights.

The driver, Matthew Fry of Nantucket, was arrested following the discovery of an undisclosed quantity of marijuana. Trooper Bates also seized $14,000 in cash, according to the release.

October 31, 2014
1960: Nixon optimistic on Election day

1960: "Country to 'start moving again' Kennedy says, defense advances supersonic bomber, Nixon optimism"

On this day in 1960, a New York Times story began:

"Senator John F. Kennedy called on Americans [yesterday] to tell the world in the election on Nov. 8 that 'this country is going to start moving again.'"

October 26, 2014
Whaling made Provincetown the richest town per capita in Massachusetts

1660: Our Early Whaling Industry

It made Provincetown the richest town per capita in Massachusetts

The New York Times in October of 1894 reported on the first whaler from Cape Cod.

September 25, 2014
Twenty-year-old in the spotlight with a Billboard #1, Ellen appearance and Dancing with the Stars feature

If you turned on the radio or walked into any shop or restaurant this summer you heard it pulsing from the speakers.  "All About That Bass"--one of those songs with a killer hook that worms its way into your head, wasn't only this summer's anthem of sorts--it was the creation of a very talented Cape Codder.

This catchy tune about curvy girls, jetted its way to the top of the iTunes Charts this summer and held steady alongside the likes of Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

September 19, 2014
Nobody saw it coming, and Hitler blew it off the front page

1938: The surprise hurricane

New England's worst and America's fifth worst

On this day in 1938, I was looking out the front window of my parent's home on Route 6 in Woodbury, Conn. as one by one the eight giant elm trees in front of our yard were blown over like twigs by the worst hurricane New England ever experienced.

And my home was 22 miles from the nearest salt water in Long Island Sound.

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September 13, 2014
Albi crewman rescued, transported to Cape Cod Hospital

Coast Guard rescue crews from Air Station Cape Cod medically evacuated a 64-year-old man 90 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, Friday.

Watchstanders at the Sector Southeastern New England Command Center received notification at 10:36 a.m. from a crewmember on the fishing vessel Albi that a man onboard was suffering from chest pains, numb limbs, and dizziness. He did not have his prescribed blood pressure medication.

Due to the fishing vessel's distance from a hospital, the 1st Coast Guard District Flight Surgeon recommended a medevac.

August 14, 2014
1971: Where the tennis buffs roam

1971: Truro and the Kahns of Cape Cod

August 12, 2014
1983: Twenty Spanish sailors rescued

1635: Mammoth hurricane pounded colonial villages, swept Cape

Pilgrims are nearly wiped out, seventeen Indians drown

he winds whipped up to 130 mph, snapping pine trees like Pick-up- Stix and blowing houses into oblivion. A surge of water, 21 feet high at its crest, engulfed victims as they desperately scurried for higher ground.

The merciless storm, pounding the coast for hours with torrential sheets of rain, was like nothing ever seen before. One observer predicted the damage would linger for decades.

August 9, 2014
40' sailboat sank after taking on water Friday morning

A Coast Guard Station Brant Point crew rescued four sailors from the water after their 40-foot sailing vessel sank in Nantucket Harbor, Massachusetts, Friday.

The sailors notified the Nantucket harbormaster via VHF radio that they had come into contact with another vessel and were taking on water in Nantucket Harbor at about 10:50 a.m.

A Station Brant Point 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew already underway, immediately diverted, rescued the four sailors from the water, and safely returned them to Station Brant Point.

July 31, 2014
1818: Maria Mitchell, American astronomer, born today on Nantucket

1990: The Tom Sawyer of the animal world

New York Times extols Sandwich and its famous varmint

This week in 1990, the New York Times wrote a glowing report on our oldest town;

July 24, 2014
1956: The Andrea Doria sinks off Nantucket. 1969: Four hundred disadvantaged children heading for a Cape holiday

1914: High winds cause Cape Cod's sand dunes to be compared to a desert sand storm

On this day in 1914, a wire service story read across America, touted the Cape's sand dunes.

Curiously, the same story goes on to tell readers about a performance of the opera Faust in Hyannis by players from the Imperial Italian Grand Opera Company. And you thought your Cape Cod great-grandparents weren't sophisticated. A copy of the wire story is below.

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July 16, 2014
1937: Steamship strike ends as Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard threaten to secede. 1988: Park may remove dune shacks

1988: Removal of Cape Cod Shacks Is Considered

18 of the structures are in serious disrepair

On this date in 1988, the AP reported that the National Park Service says it may remove rustic cottages it owns on the windswept dunes of outer Cape Cod between Provincetown and Truro. In the warm-weather months, the park service rents the shacks to people who do not mind doing without electricity, indoor plumbing and other modern conveniences.