May 29, 1827

On May 29, 1827, the first nautical school opened in Nantucket, Maine, under the name of Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin’s Lancasterian School. Classes included “How to Talk Like a Pirate”, “Making Mysterious Comments While Drinking Grog in a Darkened Seaside Pub”, “Learning to Walk With a Peg-Leg”, “Parrot Care 101” and “Booty, the Maintenance and Care of”. As Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin explained to every graduating class, it wasn’t how well you sailed the ship, it was how good you looked doing it.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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