Laurie Schreiber will talk about her new history of boatbuilding on Mount Desert Island when she visits the Jesup Memorial Library on May 12. PHOTO COURTESY OF STURGIS HASKINS

Schreiber to talk about boatbuilding history



BAR HARBOR — Bass Harbor-based author Laurie Schreiber will talk about the diverse history of boatbuilding on Mount Desert Island at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m.

In her book “Boatbuilding on Mount Desert Island,” Schreiber highlighted the histories of some of the major players in Mount Desert Island’s boatbuilding community and included in-depth research and interviews with the children and grandchildren of many early to mid-20th century boat builders.

The book explores the interlacing relationships between builders, the community and their families, and includes figures like Chester Clement, the first of the “lobster yacht” builders, Bunker and Ellis, who elevated the concept, Henry Hinckley, who started an old boat-repair wharf and built a brand, members of the Rich family, who produced everything from yachts to workboats, and Sim Davis and Lennox “Bink” Sargent, who were considered the experts for big draggers.

Schreiber has spent more than 25 years covering the boatbuilding industry. For 22 years, she was staff writer for The Bar Harbor Times, where she wrote on topics of local and state interest. She has been a freelance writer since 2012, and she contributes regularly to a variety of publications including “Maine Boats,” “Mainebiz,” The Working Waterfront and Fishermen’s Voice.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the Jesup. Sherman’s is a co-sponsor of this event.

Visit laurieschreiber.contently.com. Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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