Andrew Jackson Sandsbury (1830-1902)

Andrew Jackson Sandsbury, former whaler and keeper of Brant Point Lighthouse was considered to be among the best of the Nantucket Lightship basket makers.

He sailed around the Horn twice and enjoyed a career on the sea, first as a helmsman on the “Sea Queen” out of Westport, MA and then as second mate on ship “Nautilus” of New Bedford, both whalers.

Sandsbury next became mate on the Nantucket South Shoal Lightship and later sailed on the bark “Spartan” out of New Bedford. After his time on the “Spartan” he rejoined the crew of the Lightship from 1872 to 1892.

During downtime aboard the lightship, he wove Nantucket Lightship Baskets alongside Davis Hall.