SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Master boatbuilder and historian Ralph W. Stanley will give a talk on fishing during World War II at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Saturday, June 30, from 4-5:30 p.m. Laurie Schreiber will be the master of ceremonies.
Stanley is known throughout the state and the nation as a master boatbuilder and designer, as well as a maritime historian. He was born Feb. 9, 1929, in Bar Harbor, grew up in Southwest Harbor and was attracted to working and pleasure boats from a young age. He would accompany his father, a lobsterman, when he went to haul his traps, and became interested in boatbuilding in high school.
Stanley also is a writer, genealogist, storyteller and musician. He was awarded the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, in 1999. In this talk, he will bring us back in time to the Maine coast, fishermen and boatbuilding during World War II.
Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited; preregister by calling the library at 244-7065.