October 27, 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 20, 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.

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 15, 2014
1971: Where the tennis buffs roam

1971: Truro and the Kahns of Cape Cod

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August 13, 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.

August 1, 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 25, 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.

July 17, 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.

July 13, 2014
1962: JFK here for a long weekend with Jackie and the children. 1963: John-John greets dad at Otis

1846: Fire nearly destroys Nantucket Town

Burning whale oil created "a sea of fire."

On this day in 1846, a fire began in a hat store on Nantucket's Main Street. In no time, it raced through town, consuming everything in its path. Barrels of whale oil were stored on the wharves; when the fire reached them, they burst into flames.

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July 3, 2014
It's like sailing on a private yacht

Visiting New England islands in a Blount small ship

It's like sailing on a private yacht

If you're tired of being one of the herd on the big traditional cruise ships, we recommend you check out Blount small ship adventures and get a taste of being treated like one of the family.

We just returned from a week-long cruise of New England islands with Blount, and discovered that it's a great way to visit a half-dozen islands and seaports with this local, Rhode Island cruise line.

June 23, 2014
Featuring Ben Taylor, Entrain, Ayla Brown and many more!

The inaugural Nantucket Music Festival is set for August 2-3 at Tom Nevers Field.

Come see acts including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Guster, Steel Pulse, Donovan Frankenreiter, Chadwick Stokes, Lukas Nelson and P.O.T.R., Ayla Brown, Ben Taylor, Entrain, Freddy Clarke and many local Nantucket bands!

To purchase tickets visit nantucketmusicfestival.com.

For VIP and sponsor information contact info@nantucketmusicfestival.com

June 22, 2014
1912: "Old Home Week' celebrated in Harwich. 2007: Feds arrest 18 Nantucket migrant workers

1912: When tourism was a much simpler matter

Cottages and hotels filling up - Harwich Old-Home Week

On this day in 1912 the newspapers carried a story about how Harwich was preparing to attract and greet that summer's visitors.

The wire story below reveals the plans for that year's festivities and describes the Pleasant Lake area of Harwich as most popular with a resort and five "lakes" (we call them ponds) with plentiful perch, black bass and pickerel fishing.

June 18, 2014
742K acres south of the Vineyard in addition to Cape Wind to be leased for wind energy

Ocean area south of Martha's Vineyard  opened

A large swath of ocean territory off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard will be opened for commercial wind energy leasing doubling the available offshore space available for wind energy projects, Gov. Deval Patrick and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday. Patrick joined Jewell at the Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown on Tuesday to announce that more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts would be made available for leasing.

June 6, 2014
Local, county authorities look to integrate military support in the event of an on Cape emergency

The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) announced Wednesday that Operation Mercy Lift, a mock rescue exercise held on Tuesday, was a success.  According to BCREPC officials, in the event of a major mass casualty incident on Cape Cod, local and county rescuers are at risk of being "rapidly overwhelmed".

BCREPC is working with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Massachusetts Army National Guard (MA ANG) to develop procedures to integrate MA ANG aviation support should a cataclysmic event occur here.

June 6, 2014
1888: Sixty-foot right whale slaughtered off Provincetown. 1969: RFK assassinated

1855: Honored Black Whaling Captain dies on Nantucket

700 Black Americans once worked on the whaling fleet

On this day in 1855, Captain Absalom Boston of Nantucket died. In an era when many African Americans worked as seamen, Absalom Boston stood out. In 1822 he captained an all-black crew on the whaleship Industry. That was but one unusual aspect of the voyage.

Captains were usually respected but rarely liked. Boston's crew, however, had such a positive attitude toward him that they memorialized him in a ballad.

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June 2, 2014
2007: Nantucket looks south for its wind farm

1898: Third maritime alarm in a week

Latest wrecks increase need for an Upper Cape canal

This week over a century ago, the waters off Cape Cod were making headlines with three separate maritime disasters.

The headlines in the story below were typical of the way newspapers handled important news a century ago with triple and quadruple lines of shouting the news.

May 31, 2014
Chatham Airport open house - Education secretary in Nantucket - Falmouth Ice Arena honored at Northeast Efficiency Summit

Advances - Week of June 1

Guv in Abu Dhabi, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi in Boston

May 30, 2014
1971: John Kerry's claim to fame. 2006: Five sailors survive gale for three days

1952: A bygone, bucolic era recalled by the founder of The Cape Codder

$4 a day for food and rooms were $2 a night

The Sunday Travel section of the New York Times on this date in 1952 featured a sales pitch for Cape Cod written by the founder and editor of The Cape Codder weekly.

Jack Johnson had launched the newspaper only a few years before, and still had to eke out a living writing for others.

May 19, 2014
Cape and Islands District Attorney O'Keefe named in testimony


Defense claims patronage hiring is the norm in Massachusetts

UPDATE: For the first time Monday, defense attorneys in the state probation department trial presented evidence to the jury about specific court officer hires who had received political backing, part of the defense's argument that patronage hiring is the norm in Massachusetts.

May 4, 2014
Steamship Authority asks the public to weigh in on Hy-Line's request

Hy-Line Cruises is looking to add a second high speed ferry to their existing Nantucket service and they need your support. If you like the idea of a quicker trip between Nantucket and the Cape, Hy-Line would like you to let the Steamship Authority Board know.

April 27, 2014
Multi-million dollar homes begin to slip into the sea

2007: Homes in the village of Sconset on Nantucket are slipping into the Atlantic

On this day in 2007, the Nantucket Independent offered spectacular views of multi-million dollar homes about to slip into the sea. The newspaper reported that the bluff at Sconset on the south shore of Nantucket, had eroded back to the front porches of many of the homes.

Losing ground

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April 17, 2014
1967: Mysterious oil slick spotted off Chatham

1967: 20-mile long oil slick discovered off Chatham

"Gobs of heavy oil" washed ashore the next day

On this day in 1967, an oil slick of mysterious origin was spotted in the waters off Chatham.

The slick stretched 20 miles in length and six miles across to the southeast of the Pollock Rip lightship, the Coast Guard reported to the Associated Press.

The following day, "gobs of heavy oil" washed ashore on Nantucket, plastering beaches from Great Point to Siasconset.