"there was a fine, boisterous something about everything connected with that famous old island"

NANTUCKET - PREMIERE WHALING TOWN OF THE WORLD FOR A TIME...

After a short time, the poor soil was not god for farming so they looked elsewhere to support their families. After a whale had beached itself on Nantucket, they took up whaling. At one time Nantuket was the whaling capitol of the world, providing most of the whale oil to London and elsewhere. Only after the discovery of kerosene did Nantucket quickly die. But during the high time of whale oil, Nantucket grew with big houses and big ships

SUPERCEDED BY NEW BEDFORD

"the Tyre of this Carthage"