A BIT OF WHALING HISTORY
The halcyon days of Nantucket offshore whaling--from the mid 1700s to the late 1830's--were so lucrative that this tiny island became renowned as "Whaling Capital of the World." Whaleships sailed farther and farther west to seek the great leviathan, and Nantucketers fueled the Industrial Revolution by rendering and selling sperm oil--a luminous oil of the highest quality, burning brightly with minimal soot--at enormous profit. As many as 150 ships made port in Nantucket Harbor at the height of the era. Voyages of 3-4 years--sometimes longer--were commonplace, and continued apace until the "death knell" sounded in 1859 when petroleum oil was discovered in Pennsylvania.
*Photo Courtesy of the Nantucket
"IN THE HEART OF THE SEA" DEBUTS
2015 is gearing up to be "The Year of the Whale!" Local author Nat Philbrick's bestseller "In the Heart of the Sea"--based on the sinking of the Nantucket whaleship Essex by a rogue whale--is slated to be released by Warner Brothers in December, and a flurry of on-island events and activities are in the works. The chamber's 2015-16 Guidebook is slated to be a commemorative edition with a whaling theme , a major spring exhibition by the NHA is tentatively titled "The World of the Essex", and the Artists' Association is planning an "In the Art of the Sea" exhibit, to cite a few. We invite you to visit our unique island to discover "the heart of the story" and immerse yourself in Nantucket's rich history as "Whaling Capital of the World."
*Painting Courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA ADVANCE SCREENING CANCELLED
Warner Brothers has announced that the release of "In the Heart of the Sea" has been rescheduled for December 2015, replacing the original release date of March 13.
As such, we regret to announce that the free advance screening scheduled for March 12 has been cancelled until further notice. For those who have already cast their contest ballots, please note that they will be kept in the event that a future advance screening date is scheduled.
Our 2015 Official Annual Nantucket Guidebook--to be released in the spring--will still be a commemorative issue dedicated to the film's release.