National Geographic : 1970 Jun
EKTACHROME(BELOW)AND KUUACMROML t N.l .. Film of morning fog blurs Nantucket Harbor, its placid surface reflecting the dark pil ings of Old North Wharf. "No reserved seats for the mighty," reads the motto of the Wharf Rat Club, which meets in this shanty on Old North Wharf. Shunning dues, bylaws, and formality of any kind, the club requires only that members exercise the "proper amount of humility and self-effacement" during the chief activity: yarn spinning. Quarter boards of old vessels adorn the ceiling. Be neath them hang flags bearing the club emblem-a white pipe smoking, cane-sporting rat which members have carried to many parts of the world, includ ing the Arctic and Antarctic.