"Time and Tide" was launched on April
10, 2020. Hosted and produced by Evan Schwanfelder, Manager of Maritime Education,
the podcast recalls some of the most dramatic stories from Nantucket's
seafaring past. Listeners will be riveted to tales that rise from the
depths of despair to the peak of human hope and salvation.
Evan Schwanfelder, Manager of Maritime Education, vacationed on the island for many years before he moved to Nantucket full time after meeting his lovely wife who was born and raised on the Island. Evan is an avid fisherman and musician with a deep love for the ocean and the rich history that surrounds Nantucket. He is thrilled to share these passions with locals and visitors alike. Hosting, producing, and even composing the music that accompanies each episode, Time & Tide is Evan's vehicle to share the inspiring stories of Nantucket's shipwreck and lifesaving legacy beyond the walls of classrooms to reach lifelong learners and maritime enthusiastic around the globe.
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Humanitarian Work with Ritch Leone: An Episode for Nantucket Atheneum's 1 Book, 1 Island
The book “The Yellow House” is a powerful memoir by author Sarah Broom, that tells the story of her family’s house in New Orleans, the loss of the house during Hurricane Katrina, and ties in the mythology of the storied city where she grew up and the notion of what home means. At the office we put our heads together to see who on island could lend some insight on the topics being discussed, and Ritch Leone’s name came to the top of the list. Ritch is a beloved teacher who taught for 34 years on the Nantucket. I can personally attest that many of my own friends who grew up here consistently say that not only was Mr. Leone one of the best teachers they ever had, he also remains a great friend to this day. Following retirement in 2008 Ritch went to work for FEMA and was on the front lines for major relief efforts that includes tornadoes in Oklahoma, Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Harvey to name a few.
Wrecked on the Feejees
The Experiences of William S. Cary, a Nantucket man. The sole survivor of the crew of the whaleship Oeno, who lived for nine years among cannibals of the South Pacific. "Cary's log of his experiences is a most graphic depiction of life among the Fiji Islanders. His capture and adoption by the king of the tribe, the life and customs of the natives, his escape and return home are all touched upon in detail, the whole story forming one of the most thrilling tales of the sea ever printed. And the best part of the story is that it is true."
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.
Survival Off Sankaty with Capt. Pete Kaizer
This story goes back to the early 1980's on Nantucket. Capt. Pete Kaizer was in his early years of fishing on the island when a local market for bluefish developed. Pete used gillnetting strategies he had learned while fishing the winter seasons in Florida, and applied them to Nantucket's inshore fishery. One August afternoon, Pete and his mate found a large school of fish just north of Sankaty Head, but not long after setting the net a hard line of severe thunderstorms came over them. Things went from bad to worse, and ultimately the two men had to abandon ship and swim for their lives.
The Wreck of the Joseph Starbuck
The Joseph Starbuck, named after the wealthy whaling merchant who built her, was the last one built at the Brant Point shipyard, launched in 1838. She completed one successful voyage to the Pacific and was fitted out for her second in 1842. She was a beautiful and highly valued ship of live oak, and copper fastened. The vessel alone was insured for $24,000.
On Sunday, November 27, 1842, the ship left Nantucket with a favorable breeze, in tow of the steamer Telegraph, for Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, where she was to load and proceed on a whaling voyage. There were on board, in addition to the full complement of hands belonging to her, a number of ladies, who were intending to accompany their friends and husbands to Edgartown, before taking final leave of them. In total there were 35 souls aboard the ship.
The Salvaging of the Sugar Bark Mentor
On a stormy morning in early spring, 1893, just after the sun's rays had lifted a foggy curtain from the sea, the strongly-built Norwegian bark Mentor emerged from the fog and found herself in the shoals off the east end of Nantucket. There was a high sea running and before she could extricate herself she struck heavily, and remained fast. It was Sunday morning, April 23rd, 1893. White water was breaking all around the vessel and the captain decided to abandon ship before the fog closed in on them again.
The Wreck of the Mary Anna
During the winter of 1871, Nantucket Sound experienced once of the worst freeze-ups in history; the ice was so thick that it was incredibly challenging and nearly impossible to cut through. At this time there was no paid lifesaving service on the island. Rather, volunteer surfmen with the Massachusetts Humane Society risked life and limb to aid mariners and passengers in distress on the shoals around Nantucket.