Nantucket is an island which is 30 miles south of Cape Cod of Massachusetts, in the United States. Together with the small islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, it constitutes the town of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and the coterminous Nantucket County, which are consolidated. Part of the town is designated the Nantucket CDP, or census designated place. The region of Surfside on Nantucket is the southernmost settlement in Massachusetts. Nantucket is a tourist destination and summer colony. The population of the island soars from approximately 10,000 to 50,000 during the summer months, due to tourists and summer residents. According to Forbes Magazine, in 2006, Nantucket had the highest median property value of any Massachusetts zip code. The Nantucket Historic District, comprising all of Nantucket Island, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 13, 1966. In doing so the National Park Service paid particular note to the settlements of Nantucket and Siasconset. The island features one of the highest concentrations of pre-Civil War structures in the United States. Also nicknamed The Grey Lady due to the almost regular fog, Nantucket takes its name from a word in an Eastern Algonquian language of southern New England, originally spelled variously as natocke, nantaticut, nantican, and nautican. The meaning of the term is uncertain, although it may have meant in the midst of waters, or far away island. Other sources state the Native American word Natockete, meaning faraway land, to be Nantucket namesake. The Wampanoag Native Americans referred to the island as Canopache, or place of peace.
Nantucket was formed by the uttermost reach of the Laurentide Ice Sheet during the recent Wisconsin Glaciation and was shaped by the subsequent rise in sea level. The southern part of the island is an outwash plain, sloping away from the arc of moraine and shaped at its margins by the sorting actions and transport of long shore drift. Nantucket became an island when rising sea levels refolded Buzzards Bay about 5,000–6,000 years ago. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nantucket County has a total area of 303.5 sq mi and 84.25% of which is water. The triangular region of ocean between Nantucket, Martha s Vineyard, and Cape Cod, is Nantucket Sound. The highest point on the island is Folger Hill which stands 109 feet above sea level. Altar Rock is a close second at a height of 108 feet above sea level. The entire island, as well as the adjoining islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, comprises both the Town of Nantucket and the County of Nantucket. The main settlement, also called Nantucket, is located at the western end of Nantucket Harbor, where it opens into Nantucket Sound. Key localities on the island include Madaket, Surfside, Polpis, Wauwinet, Massachusetts, Miacomet and Siasconset. It is said that Nantucket is one of the top yacht charter destinations in the world. Just 3.5 miles by 14 miles in size, the crescent-shaped island offers over 100 miles of pristine sandy beaches, all of which are accessible to the public. At the harbor front, where the great whaling ships set out on their hazardous journeys to return years later, charter yachts now find safe harbor in one of the finest docking facilities in the world.
Any yacht charter visit to Nantucket must include the Whaling Museum, which is located at 15 Broad Street. Permanent exhibits include the skeleton of 46-foot male sperm whale, a significant collection of ceremonial implements and weapons and spears from South Seas islands, brought to Nantucket by early whale men, captain’s portraits, an impressive Scrimshaw Gallery, and a Decorative Arts Gallery. The famous peninsula of Cape Cod and the islands of Martha s Vineyard and Nantucket, just 1 hour drive from Boston, is also a world apart, and a must see yacht charter destination. For your yacht chartering vacation, any charter boat can be organized that is available worldwide through the global network of charter representatives and suppliers of Nantucket yacht charter companies. The yacht charter consultants will confirm each charter and all pricing details during your charter selection process, and there is no formal commitment until a contract is signed by the charterer and the boat owner or operator. Coatue is a long barrier beach on Nantucket Island, separating Nantucket Sound from Nantucket Harbor and Hummock Pond is a large pond on the south shore of Nantucket Island. Miacomet Pond is a narrow, slender pond on the south shore of Nantucket Island and the Popsquatchet Hills are a range of peaks on Nantucket Island which can be considered as the divide of Nantucket also.