- At the peak of the whaling era, 88 ships from Nantucket sailed around the world, and the island was considered the "Whaling Capital of the World."
- A logbook is an official account of a ship's voyage kept by either the captain or the first mate. Accounts of voyages kept by other crew members are referred to as journals. In many captain's logs you can often find references to having "spoken" another ship, which simply meant to "hail."
- Benjamin Franklin's mother, Abiah, was born on Nantucket.
- Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, penned by 32 year-old novelist Herman Melville--and based on the sinking of the whaleship Essex by a rogue whale--was published in 1851. It was not a commercial success and was out of print by the time Melville died. He received his information from Owen Chase, a mate on the Essex who kept the ship’s log. Chase's home still stands on Orange Street.
- Macy's familiar red star logo was inspired by Rowland H. Macy's forearm tattoo from his whaling days. He found major success in New York, and his store became known for its innovative policy of clearly marking prices. He also employed the first in-store Santa Claus.
- Endangered species include the piping plover, least tern and osprey. Endangered plant life for which Nantucket is famous include: Russian olive, winterberry, hawthorne tree, rosa rugosa, the tupelo tree, pink lady's slipper and Indian pipes.
To learn more about the unique and varied history of the "Faraway Island", pick up a copy of the Chamber of Commerce Official Guidebook...or stop by our office at Zero Main Street and test your knowledge with one of our scavenger hunt handouts!