Martha Jenks distributed her summary of the fire to ships raising sail. When you realize that most Nantucket local families travel off-island to stay in a mainland standard style hotel or motel, many of these local kids have not experienced our local style of hospitality and lodging in a B&B . After the fire department deftly handled an October 1840 candle factory fire, however, minutes taken of a Selectmen’s meeting suggested Nantucket enjoyed sufficient fire protection. Lower income families left the island, but power brokers stayed, putting old money to work building restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, and other attractions. An 1836 blaze that started at 4 Main Street consumed the Washington House hotel and neighboring structures but was held to $50,000 in damages because residents pitched in. An average whaling ship held 1,200 barrels. Written by the author of Cheaper by the Dozen, Innside Nantucket is the story of the youngest Gilbreth son, Bob and his wife, Barbara. “It has always been claimed by many that but for the obstinacy of the Cataract Engine Company, the flames could never have gone beyond that store (Geary’s),” the editors of the merged Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror wrote on the 50th anniversary. It is out of print now, but look for it in yard sales or used book stores. 6 and William C. Swain of No. ), Nantucket Island, Nantucket Island (Mass. The island’s fire department, for example, still prohibits open fires anywhere on Nantucket. Gilbreth Home, Montclair, NJ built by Herbert Bradley. 8 reached the cistern about the same time,” the son wrote. On April 10, 1845, a fire consumed a third of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Buildings raised in the town of Nantucket after the blaze aged into a time capsule of small-town life. Emulating purpose-built Vineyard resort town Oak Bluffs, Nantucket began to market itself. Firefighting was largely private and makeshift. Where once had stood 33 acres of homes and businesses, nothing blocked the view of the smoking harbor. If the owner accepted, the crew doused the flames and Crassus added to his immense holdings on the cheap. Roaming the globe—a voyage could exceed three years—Nantucket whalers made their home port the prosperous center of a robust industry. Told in Barbara's voice, it chronicles her introduction to Nantucket and all of the family Traditions that go with the vacation spot. The revised city layout eliminated Independent Lane, Coal Lane, Brown’s Lane, and Black Horse Lane. Jane Moller Gilbreth. I am a fan of the original cheaper by the dozen and have never seen the modern version. Upon slaying an animal, a crew, which could number 40, secured the enormous carcass to the hull. The United States banned the trade in 1971, a stricture eased for the Makah of the Pacific Northwest, for whom whaling remains sacramental, and subsistence whaling by tribes in Alaska. The Selectmen set aside $5,000 in town funds to go to the worst off. Nantucketer Frederick Coleman Sanford—merchant, bank president, raconteur—began to promote the island in the press, romanticizing old Nantucket in tales of “Sea King” captains and their brave crews. Their cottage "Bug Light", built to resemble an island icon, historic Brant Point Lighthouse, is a landmark in the area. Monday night, July 13, was warm and windy. Flames were a scourge of urban life. The Selectmen swore in additional constables to discourage looting and keep the peace, and on July 15 drafted an appeal sent to Boston, New York, and other cities: This map, published after the fire, shows the burned-over district of Nantucket town. Coffin said he saw bystanders on Old North Wharf trapped “between the devil and the deep blue sea” until boatmen rescued them. The crew of No. and Mrs. O’Leary’s cow for starting the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Residents hitched cartloads and let their horses gallop. 6 engine’s captain for “refusing to obey a fire ward.” The report recommended better training for fire wards and a fire department reorganization. Frank Bunker Gilbreth (July 7, 1868 – June 14, 1924) was an American engineer, consultant, and author known as an early advocate of scientific management and a pioneer of time and motion study, and is perhaps best known as the father and central figure of Cheaper by the Dozen. 6 and the Fountain No. Seamen emplaced kegs of gunpowder. Crowell Co. [1948] (OCoLC)608126556: As dawn was breaking Tuesday, firefighters and residents, exhausted and grimy, gathered at the Pacific Bank. What you’ll find me drinking. Survey duty meant regular shore leave, fresh food, and slim chances of combat. Men rolled barrels of oil into the harbor, only to have flying embers ignite the resulting slick. The mother was warm and sweet, but also a bit subservient. Tags: B&B, Centre Street, Cheaper by the Dozen, Gilbreth, hospitality, innkeeping, Nantucket. Cheaper by the Dozen is a sweet memoir that serves as a loving tribute to the author's parents and eleven siblings. That July, a New York City candle factory caught fire; 345 buildings burned, 30 people died, and looting broke out. He was the son of Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian (Moller) Gilbreth of Montclair, NJ and Nantucket, MA. So too with American firefighting units of the early 1800s; after a fire squad’s visit, it was not unusual for possessions to be missing. Frank Gilbreath (one of the children born to the "Cheaper by the Dozen" family) vacationed with his family every summer on Nantucket. “An argument arose between the ‘skippers’ of the two engines as to who should drop the suction hose into the cistern. Finding none, he closed up shop around 9 p.m. Around 11 p.m., a watchman in the south tower of the Unitarian Church on Orange Street spotted smoke over Main Street and shouted “Fire!” Passersby entered the hattery. ‘Innside Nantucket’, ‘Cheaper By The Dozen’, ‘Bells On Their Toes’ July 13, 2009 at 9:14 pm These are all titles of books written in the 1950’s by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. (some were co-authored with his sister Ernestine Gilbreth Cary) ‘INNSIDE NANTUCKET’ is about operating OUR Anchor Inn here on Centre Street back in the 1950’s. Every residence maintained a leather bucket bearing the name of the property’s owner, whose family was expected to help fight blazes. Flames spread east to Union Street, leaped Washington Street, and consumed Joseph Hamblin’s hayloft. The wards decided to sacrifice the chapel. Below are a dozen ways to save money in Nantucket. Confederate commerce raiders left Nantucket’s meager fleet all but inert. The Great Fire destroyed the island’s trades necessary for whaling, deflecting immigrants first to mainland ports, then to the California gold fields and Colorado silver mines. Time Out For Happiness, By Frank Gilbreth, Jr., is the final chapter of Lillian Gilbreth's life with her grown children, her many retirements, and the background stories about Cheaper and Belles. Nantucket’s No. The wind rose. The crew of No. 1983-2013. The engine itself went up. So they were facinated to visit our inn after reading this terrific book. When Quakers came to New England to escape persecution in England only to encounter persecution by the region’s dominant Puritans, Quaker missionaries encouraged coreligionists to relocate to Nantucket, which was home to no organized sect. If the property owner refused, the building burned. A thousand Nantucketers were homeless but none had died. The blaze destroyed two engines and hoses and cistern pumps worth $3,000. ), New Jersey, South Carolina. The oil went into barrels, each capable of holding 35 to 40 gallons. George Pollard, the unlucky former whaling captain and night watchman—he had not been on duty the night of the fire—received $50. The fire riveted spectators, many of whom joined the island’s firefighters in trying to quench the blaze. The charter called for the creation of ten independent fire companies of 45 volunteers apiece led by a captain. Other towns and fishing villages, including Siasconset, eight miles east, took root. After the whaler Two Brothers wrecked in 1823, killing his seagoing career, Pollard retired to a job as one of his hometown’s night watchmen. As the fire was nearing The Atheneum on Federal Street, sailors, library workers, and patrons moved the building’s contents three times. JetBlue began seasonal service from JFK to Nantucket in 2007. On Monday July 13, 1846, the crews of cutter USS Gallatin and schooner USS Wave completed a day of surveying the waters off Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and Martha’s Vineyard, a large island 13 miles from Cape Cod’s south shore. The fuses went unlit. News-minded Martha Washington Jenks ran to the Daily Warder office to set and print an account of the fire, figuring to distribute broadsheets to departing vessels in the morning, if they saw morning, so news of the fire would reach the mainland. —Paul F. Bradley. Entry filed under: Uncategorized. 5. The improvised defense did not work well. "Cheaper By the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in... See full summary » The Methodist Church survived. Warehouses along five wharves held thousands of barrels of whale oil. A margarita - adult lemonade! One-third of our town is in ashes. The classic 1950 movie Cheaper by the Dozen was based on a book that told the true story about Frank and Lillian Gilbreth and their 12 children. Ambergris, generated by the mammal’s digestive tract, went into perfume. ‘Innside Nantucket’, ‘Cheaper By The Dozen’, ‘Bells On Their Toes’ These are all titles of books written in the 1950’s by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. (some were co-authored with his sister Ernestine Gilbreth Cary) ‘INNSIDE NANTUCKET’ is about operating OUR Anchor Inn here on Centre Street back in the 1950’s. Her efforts helped bring aid from towns across the Northeast. Quakers, who lived simply and dressed plainly, opposed war, drink, and, sometimes, slavery. Many of our guests say we should write a book about innkeeping…another updated version  of ‘INNSIDE  Nantucket’ , about innkeeping today on Nantucket at Anchor Inn, telling our fun guest stories. In 1795 residents renamed Sherburne for the island. Nantucket was a standard American municipality, with little regulation and minimal public services. Setting off from ocean-going ships in rowboats, whalers ambushed surfaced cetaceans, hurling barbed lances called harpoons and fixed to a whaleboat with a stout line paid out around a hub. VIRTUAL STORY BREAK: CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN – CHAPTER 8. The town’s few brick structures and the Atlantic stopped the fire’s spread. Born in Nantucket, Massachusetts. A donation of $330 from church congregations in Charlestown, Massachusetts, arrived on July 21. Fond childhood memory It is based on a true story and the lives of the Gilbreths around 1930. Cheaper By The Dozen. “The Cataract No. Brother, Robert Gilbreth and his wife Barbara were … These are all titles of books written in the 1950’s by Frank Gilbreth,  Jr.  (some were co-authored with his sister Ernestine Gilbreth Cary)    ‘INNSIDE NANTUCKET’ is about operating  OUR Anchor Inn here on Centre Street back in the 1950’s. Harborview Nantucket: Perfect Location and Most Attentive Hosts - See 47 traveler reviews, 99 candid photos, and great deals for Harborview Nantucket at Tripadvisor. (New York Public Library). They figured out the most efficient way to take a bath – and had the children listen to … If there was a villain, he was William H. Farnham, captain of No. Peleg West, 75, filed for $3,183; he got $450 in cash and provisions. Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1954. From beachside carrion-picking, islanders progressed to sailing the globe in pursuit of live whales, which could weigh 65 tons. The seasonal economy galloped into the post-1945 decades through to the present day. Actually a friend of mine read this book aloud to the local  Nantucket 6th grade class a couple of years ago, then the class visited our inn  for a tour and had some of Charles’ muffins. Navy captains Lieutenant Charles H. Davis of Gallatin and Lieutenant John R. Goldsborough of Wave ordered their crews into town. The same is true of the island itself, although traces remain of yesteryear. Around midnight, a sailor standing watch noticed a glow over Nantucket. Nantucket received $6,400 in goods and $56,498 in cash. Buildings raised in the town of Nantucket after the blaze aged into a time capsule of small-town life. The summer of 1846 was very dry. The business district was quiet except for late doings at William H. Geary’s hat shop at 4 Main Street. The city of Troy, New York, sent 21 stoves. Time Out For Happiness, By Frank Gilbreth, Jr., is the final chapter of Lillian Gilbreth's life with her grown children, her many retirements, and the background stories about Cheaper and Belles. (Nantucket Historical Association), “Friends—The undersigned Selectmen of the Town of Nantucket, have been constituted…to ask at your hands such aid as you may feel able to render to our unfortunate and distressed people. WITH AMY JENNESS, FRI., MARCH 27, 3 – 3:30 PM. To heat irons for flattening felt brims, Geary kept a coal stove going year-round. I think it should be required reading for all innkeepers! Gravitating north, the fire immolated every wooden building in its path. Sailors wrested the Pacific Bank vault’s contents out of harm’s way. Nantucket has several famous living writers including Elin Hildebrand, Nathaniel Philbrick and Nancy Thayer as well as older books that include Nantucket in the background (The Off-Islanders and Cheaper by the Dozen, among others). When Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Chester A. Arthur visited, Sanford was their guide. Unlike his father, though, and like most of his siblings, Bob lived an extended lifespan. Virginia Woolf, English author (Mrs. Dalloway and Orlando). “Cheaper by the Dozen” is the first Montclair Community Read. The home life feels very old-fashioned for this modern reader, but I enjoyed the unique and quirky stories. An updraft became a fiery vortex that shot a fireball from the corner of Federal and Main over seven streets to land on North Water. While the captains, William H. Farnham of No. American History. Brother, Robert Gilbreth and his wife Barbara were innkeepers here and they shared their stories about their guests with Frank, who then wrote the book. VIDEO: Battery H Of The 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery At Gettysburg. Maria cataloged the Atheneum’s collections. Except for five prominent brick structures—Philip Folger’s house, Jared Coffin’s house, Aaron Mitchell’s mansion, the town offices, and the Pacific Bank—Nantucket’s business district was all wood, and its streets no wider than in Sherburne days—30 to 40 feet across. This is my story of Ann Gilbreth and her first dance on the island of Nantucket. The novel recounts the authors' childhood lives growing up in a household of 12 children. 22 June 1922 – Nantucket Island, Massachusetts d. 10 January 2006 – Longview, Washington (83y 7m) e. Rendered in cauldrons, the whale flesh was boiled into oil prized for use in cooking and illumination. “Many barrels of whale oil on the wharves had burst, and their contents flowed over the water of the harbor and there, taking fire, presented the grand spectacle of a sea of fire.”, Nantucket newspaperwoman Martha Jenks hurriedly set an account of the fire in type an distributed it to ships leaving the harbor the next day. One motivation was Quaker pacifism. Nantucketers submitted loss claims. 5 water engine, the Nantucket, abandoned their machine at E.W. Flames destroyed the rig. Nantucket, where every summer with my family is like Cheaper by the Dozen. Please direct anything which you may send to the Selectmen of the Town of Nantucket, and we pledge ourselves to dispense whatever you may bestow, faithfully, and to the best of our ability, judiciously.”. As of September 2019, the median home price on Nantucket was $1.7 million. Pacific Bank cashier William Mitchell and his daughter, Maria, were noted amateur astronomers whose celestial observations were critical to coastal surveys. Only Lydia Ruggles, 13, was paid her entire loss claim; she requested $100. NANTUCKET. Residents feared flames—but they also feared firefighters, given fire squads’ ineptitude and avarice, little changed from the time of Marcus Licinius Crassus. Glass half full. He would be the only one of the Dozen to have a marriage end in divorce (after nearly 30 years). The three papers carried classifieds pleading for the return of property “lost” during the fire. HistoryNet Video. Range lights in Nantucket and Hyannis were incorporated into private dwellings, the former housing the Gilbreth family of Cheaper by the Dozen fame. In 1820, Nantucketer George Pollard was captaining the whaleship Essex when a sperm whale stove in his ship’s bow and sank it. The seaman alerted his superiors that the 48-square-mile island seemed to be on fire. Cheaper by the Dozen a day with twelve children and two baths by fanfaction lover reviews. Firefighters stopped flames by smothering them with earth or spraying water delivered by bucket brigade and later wheeled pumper. As more and more Friends  took up residence, the Wampanoag passed along their whale-scrounging skills. Ask the very knowledgeable staff about Nantucket-based books (fiction and non- (New York Public Library). The blaze destroyed 20 houses and businesses, inflicting more than $100,000 in damages. By 1896, however, Farnham’s star had grown tarnished. Maybe this new ANCHOR INN BLOG will be a fun way to stay in touch with our guests and also share our current  inn stories, and community information about Nantucket. INNSIDE NANTUCKET, Frank Gilbreth, Jr. 1954 4th Printing. Spermaceti, an excellent lubricant for fine machinery, made candles that burned brighter, longer, and without smoke. Although the author Herman Melville never visited Nantucket before publishing Moby-Dick in 1851, he had briefly worked aboard a whaler, and found inspiration in the 1820 sinking of the Essex for his masterpiece, which enjoyed popularity in the early 1900s that continues today. 6 was…critically blamed for this most unfortunate condition.”. Along the harbor, barrel after barrel of whale oil exploded. The building and the collection within were lost. HistoryNet.com is brought to you by Historynet LLC, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. The fire directors and wards decided to demolish buildings, starting with Dr. Nathaniel Ruggles’s house, just in from the corner of Main and Orange. Samuel Jenks complained that many men acted with an “appalling lack of civic responsibility.” Nantucketers spoke ill for years of neighbors who tried to profit from the blaze. Cheaper by the Dozen is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, published in 1948. Innside Nantucket, By Frank Gilbreth, Jr., tells the humorous story of Bob Gilbreth and his wife buying and running Nantucket's Anchor Inn. The Selectmen encouraged residents to rebuild in brick; more than 60 did so. By 1742, the island’s Quaker population numbered 2,400. VIDEOS. According to island lore, Maria Mitchell argued against demolition; the wind was blowing away, she said. Finishing work that Monday night, Geary checked his stove for embers and sparks. No Jacket. Rebuilt of wood and rededicated on February 1, 1847, the library received donated books from every state, as well as manuscripts and other curios. (Nantucket Historical Association(. 6 engine, the Cataract, and, surprisingly, grand marshal of a commemorative July 13, 1847, Nantucket parade. Nantucket Storage NC 92 GILBRETH : AVAILABLE : Nantucket Storage NC 92 GILBRETH AVAILABLE : Nantucket-Adult Coll. Nantucket’s Anchor Inn’s New Blog Rose Sunday Concert July 12. However, Nantucket was dark. The Gilbreth family (“Cheaper by the Dozen”) spent the 1923 summer in an old lighthouse on Nantucket Island. b. Author of Cheaper by the dozen, Fatigue study, Applied motion study, Bricklaying system, Motion study for the handicapped, Field System, ... , Nantucket (Mass. Cheaper by the Dozen is told by siblings Frank Jr. and Ernestine. Selectman Charles C. Coffin kept the ledger, disbursing donated funds to 533 recipients. Appearances at the new building by star speakers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Greeley, and Lucretia Mott helped restore The Atheneum to national prominence. The crews of two water engines, the No. During the American Revolution and again when war with Great Britain erupted in 1812, Nantucket declared itself neutral. Soon rudimentary three-and four-story buildings lined Sherburne’s narrow streets. Flaming oil badly burned the captain. Warehouses storing barrels of whale oil became fixtures along the town docks, as did enterprises—coopers, chandlers, sailmakers, provisioners, shipwrights, and rope walks where line was made by workers twisting together strands of hemp as they strode—found in any industrial harbor. Nantucket’s first Quaker meeting established itself in 1708. Cheaper By The Dozen Eagle Rock Creative Thinking Old Houses Abandoned History Artwork Painting Theater. 6 Cataract and the No. They were industrious, establishing banks, businesses, and philanthropies as well as founding on a Nantucket harbor opening to the northwest a town they initially called Sherburne. Discovery of petroleum at Titusville, Pennsylvania, in 1859 put Nantucket whaling into a death spiral that the Civil War concluded; 400 Nantucket men joined the Union Army. Round-trip flights cost an average of … Celebrities like Frank Gilbreth, efficiency expert and subject of the best-seller Cheaper by the Dozen, at left with his family, began summering on the island. 6 Cataract fire engine. Each company was to be outfitted with a hand-pumped wheeled water engine, fed by cisterns strategically located around the harborside business district, like the one in front of the Pacific Bank. By the time Cataract began spraying the hattery, the fire was out of control. Through purchase of land by eminent domain at $7 to $23 per 16’5” measure, the safer grid doubled the width of the seven major downtown streets. Corazon Aquino, president of the Philippines. Harborview Nantucket, named for its waterfront location along the town's shore, ... We wanted to visit "The Shoe" from the Cheaper by the Dozen series and traverse the footsteps of Frederick Douglass in his visits to Nantucket to give speeches advocating the abolition of slavery. A board of three, led by the chief director and a clerk, was to oversee the department. By the early 1900s, American commercial whaling had petered out. Nantucket approached rebuilding as it once had taken to whaling, diligently and methodically. Crews doing this work mapped such details as depths, shallows, obstructions, and tides along the American coasts. —Paul F. Bradley. Rainwater from building downspouts topped off the cisterns, which had hand-cranked pumps and leather hoses for supplying fire wagons; to reach distant fires, wagons could be linked by hoses. Hard Cover. Sailing east, the warships anchored outside the harbor at Nantucket, the main town on an island of the same name about 35 miles east of the Vineyard. “One of the peculiar incidents of that wild night was the rare sight of the harbor on fire,” Fred Elijah Coffin recalled. Gardner’s Candle and Oil Factory. Located adjacent to protected Land Bank & Town owned open space, it is in the same Jetties Beach neighborhood made famous by the "Cheaper By The Dozen" Gilbreth family. Most petitioners were disappointed. The town was divided into 20 fire districts led by officials called wards. The Wampanoag, Nantucket’s aboriginal natives, had long scavenged the remains of beached whales for oil, meat, and bone to make tools. By 1775, Nantucket was the third-largest municipality in Massachusetts, trailing only Salem and Boston. This story appeared in the February 2021 issue of American History. A committee worked up a more fire-resistant street grid that the Selectmen approved on August 14, 1846. Something I say all the time. Islanders thought streetlights too costly. The town officially hailed the U.S. Navy for its sailors’ “unremitting exertions,” as did Navy Secretary George Bancroft. In a letter to the editor, Farnham’s son Joseph affirmed his father’s culpability. As whaling was declining, silk, stove, and straw-hat manufacture and other enterprises proved neither lucrative nor sustainable. Still, the isle remains legendary for its whaling past. Another was money, which did not last. Cheaper by the dozen. Swabbies in the U.S. Navy of the mid-1800s coveted coastal survey duty. NC 92 GILBRETH ... Online version: Gilbreth, Frank B. In 1820, Nantucket’s whaling fleet numbered 150 vessels. Adjacent to the Pacific Bank, the wooden-pillared facade of the Methodist Church caught fire. Saved by Ben Biddle. Others draped waterlogged carpets over their houses’ roofs. 4 engine, the Deluge, could not draw water from a cistern. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. William built an observatory atop the bank. Robert Burns, Scottish poet ("Auld Lang Syne," "Comin' Thru the Rye."). Damages nearing $10 million could have been far worse; New York recently had begun requiring new construction to be of brick, masonry, and iron. A fire broke out on Monday evening last, a few minutes before eleven o’clock and raged almost uncontrolled for about nine hours…We need help—liberal and immediate. On the second floor, the stovepipe, enclosed in wood, elbowed into a chimney. Blue cloth spine and grey paper covered boards. 8 Fountain, arrived simultaneously. Innside Nantucket, By Frank Gilbreth, Jr., tells the humorous story of Bob Gilbreth and his wife buying and running Nantucket's Anchor Inn. Please join us INNSIDE  Nantucket at Anchor Inn! The wall collapsed, revealing flames rising into the adjacent building. Scrimshaw etched on whale’s tooth from the Nantucket Whaling Museum. My father, captain of the No. On June 2, 1838, a ropewalk caught fire. 8, dithered, the blaze spread. New York, T.Y. Finny Industry Sends Island Up in Flames. The loss of The Atheneum weighed heavily. My morning run. When the movie opens, Frank (Clifton Webb) announces that he is moving his family from Rhode Island to New Jersey. HistoryNet.com contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines. The last whaler left Nantucket in 1869; abandoned hulks dotted the harbor. Adapted into two classic motion pictures, this bestselling memoir is the unforgettable story of two parents,12 kids, and a world of laughter and love. He was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1920, the son of Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian (Moller) Gilbreth of Montclair, New Jersey and Nantucket. Trinity Episcopal, just inside the corner of Broad and Centre Streets, did not. Four wharves burned; only Commercial Wharf survived. Whaling suffered a decline, as did Nantucket’s fortunes (“Boom and Bust,” p. 30). Cheaper by the Dozen. A successful strike set off a “Nantucket sleigh ride,” as the wounded animal dove, not infrequently dragging its tormenters to their doom. The moon was full. A man in Siasconset reported that around 1 a.m. a cannonade-like boom roused him to see the “heavens were red with fire.” Residents of Falmouth, 32 miles northwest on Cape Cod, could see the flames. Among urban fire scapegoats, the hatter escaped the infamy heaped upon the Emperor Nero for burning Rome in 64 C.E. “At the outset, a smart stream of water would have quenched the fire in the Geary store,” a witness said later. Stored rope, canvas, lumber, and candles fueled the blaze. Residents assessed the damage at $1 million—today, $31 million. Another tool for containing fires was gunpowder, used to blast firebreaks by knocking down flammable buildings. More than 300 structures had burned. Stereoscope view of whaling ship docked at Nantucket wharf while workers sliced free blubber and meat, to be cooked down into oil. Some Nantucketers bribed firefighters to save possessions, weakening the fire line. Seeking a better system, in 1838 the town’s seven-member Committee of Selectmen chartered the Nantucket Fire Department. On paper, Federal Street now measured 60 feet across; Broad Street, 55; and Main Street 92 feet, narrowing to 80 feet as the roadbed turned east. Whaling survives on Nantucket in mementoes such as scrimshaw carvings like the one at left (nha.org/visit/museums-and-tours/whaling-museum). However, back in the 1920s -30s -40s it was perhaps quite “remarkable” for a wife and mother from “comfortable” … Demolishing 20 buildings, the town had run out of gunpowder. The street plan, including plotting, grading, and paving, was implemented within six months, under budget. Deploying long-handled bladed tools known as flensing knives, men removed blubber, or fat, in strips. Another byproduct was spermaceti, a waxy product of a cranial organ whales use to control their buoyancy and gauge direction. Nantucket still was home to spermaceti candle factories, ropewalks, sailmakers, and blacksmiths. A February 8, 1847, analysis criticized the two fire companies whose members lost their engines and the citizens and firefighters who, amid the disaster, sought private enrichment. The vent pipe pierced his shop’s ceiling. 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