On June 18, 1722, a small group of men from Martha’s Vineyard were out on what should have been a short whaling voyage when they saw a terrible sight approaching their sloop.

Gregory Flemming

On the davits of the venerable Charles W. Morgan is a brand-new killing machine that was handmade at Gannon and Benjamin in Vineyard Haven.

Tom Dunlop

Captain William A. Martin of Edgartown was that rarest of things, an African American Whaling Captain.

As difficult, dangerous, and sometimes financially unrewarding as whaling was, it still beat slavery by miles. By some estimates thirty percent of the thousands of whalers before the Civil War were minorities. A few even overcame all the odds and rose through the ranks to command ships. More than thirty African American whaling captains have been identified, one of whom, William A. Martin, was born on Martha’s Vineyard.

Skip Finley

No one involved could have imagined it.

Matthew Stackpole

With a historic Chilmark house slated for a full restoration this fall, we went looking for what remains of 350 years of home design.

Remy Tumin

A communal summer home with a lively past and present gains historical recognition.

Brooks Robards

A Civil War monument in Oak Bluffs honors both Confederate and Union soldiers.

Tom Dunlop

Duncan Caldwell defies quick categorization, but let’s try this: prehistorian.

Jim Miller

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