In this episode we present a series of short vignettes and first person accounts of major freeze up events in 19th century Nantucket. These were the days before fast ferries and airplanes, when news of the day and word from loved ones travelled only by mail. Sailing ships and later, steamboats, were the only lifeline to the mainland carrying mail, fuel, supplies and people. During large freeze ups, lasting weeks to as long as a month, the island was completely cut off from the rest of the world.
Stackpole, Edouard: "Life Saving Nantucket," Stern-Majestic Press; 1972.
Music and Narration: Performed, Produced and Edited by Evan Schwanfelder.
Special Thanks to Katie Schwanfelder for all your help and for joining the discussion