Discover ‘Mainers on the Titanic’

Titanic talk coverBAR HARBOR — Explore the Mainer view of the Titanic tragic story on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. with author Mac Smith as he shares some of the fascinating stories from his book, “Mainers of the Titanic,” on the 103rd anniversary of the day the ill-fated White Star Liner hit an iceberg before sinking in the early hours of April 15.

The book tells the stories of passengers from that ship who had ties to Maine. Some were wealthy summer visitors to Mount Desert Island, others were residents from other Maine regions, but all of their stories have been meticulously researched. “Mainers of the Titanic” includes the true tales of Maine passengers – from boarding to the sinking, rescue and arrival back home, as well as the story of the final homecoming for those who did not survive. It also covers the agony of Mainers at home waiting for news of their loved ones.

Among those who had ties to MDI were J.P. Morgan Jr. of the White Star Line, a summer resident and son of Titanic owner; John Jacob Astor and his wife Madeleine, summer residents who were among the wealthiest people in the world at that time; Clarence Moore, a former judge at the Bar Harbor Horse Show; and Arthur Ryerson, a founding member of the Mount Desert Reading Room.

smith, mac - credit Rob TuckerWhether you’re interested in the history of the Titanic or in Maine’s past, come discover more about them both.

Smith is a U.S. Navy veteran of the First Gulf War and a former news reporter for the Bar Harbor Times. He lives in Stockton Springs in the village of Sandy Point, where he is restoring the family homestead.

This special event is cosponsored by Sherman’s book store, and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Jesup that evening with a percentage of sales donated to the library.

Call the Jesup at 288-4245.

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