Nantucket’s harbour [photos]

When walking through Nantucket’s harbour in July you’ll see big private yacht after even bigger private yacht. Some yachts are so enormoous that I even saw a Mini Cooper on top of one of the ones I walked past. 

It’s easy to fall into the trap of judging these wealthy tourists for displaying their money so ostentatiously and for (probably) damaging the environment with their petrol-guzzling machines, but it’s important to remember that the locals rely on the harbour for their livelihood. The tourism brings money into the economy and most, if not all, locals have their own boat for fishing, scalloping, crabbing, or catching whatever else is in season.  

When I was in Nantucket, I stayed with a local family — who let me tag along to check their crab pots and have dinner with them on the water. We didn’t catch anything that day, but I hope to return for another go. These photos are from that outing.

Families fishing at an old Nantucket lighthouse.

An old fishing boat making its way back into the harbour.

This is Kenny, the owner of the boat, and part of the family that I lived with.

This is a buoy that marked where certain crab pots were. Seagulls had overtaken this buoy and the area smelled awful, but the light was too perfect for me to pass up a photo.

On the boat ride out to check the crab pots.

Some of the locals' boats at the public harbour.

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4 Responses to “Nantucket’s harbour [photos]”

  1. Renee February 20, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    We went to Nantucket last summer and had a wonderful time! It’s beautiful and there is a lot to do. We used this to find out what was happening: — they have a great calendar of events.! We’re planning to go back this September. Has anyone been there in the fall?

    • Janine February 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

      September is one of the best times to be on Nantucket. The weather is still beautiful, but the crowds are starting to subside. Enjoy!

    • Craig and Linda February 21, 2012 at 4:37 am #

      Thanks for the link, Renee; useful. What did you so enjoy about it on this visit? Why decide to head back?

    • Taylor McIntyre February 21, 2012 at 9:50 am #

      I stayed in Nantucket through Sept. It’s just like Janine said, warm, beautiful, a lot less tourists. I think Fall is one of the best times to be there!

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