These black & white negatives are somewhat old, so I shook them out of the photo envelope recently to scan and retouch a bit. There are times when a grainy image is ok and this is one of them. Nantucket has a rich and extraordinary whaling history, hence giving the images an aged appearance as well.
(On another note, if you loved reading Moby Dick and/or happen to like sea stories, you might be interested in the adventure about the whaleship Essex. You’ll detect many similarities of fact vs. fiction!)