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March 23, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
39 Pine St.
Orono, ME 04473
Disaster at Bar Harbor Ferry by Mac Smith cover. Old timey ship with an aquatic themed background
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Author Mac Smith: "Disaster at Bar Harbor Ferry"

Thursday, March 23, 2023

In an era when the only means of travel to the new, glamorous, and growing resort of Bar Harbor was through a small, isolated, rural-yet-elegant point of land on the mainland in the small town of Hancock, Disaster at Bar Harbor Ferry tells the true story of what was, at the time, Maine’s deadliest disaster. The heartbreaking tale starts with the arrival of a train overcrowded with passengers anxious to be among the first to cross the bay and their rush for a ferry with too few seats, turning a casual summer Sunday outing into a scene of chaos, tragedy, death and heroism, occurring as quickly as the break of a wooden gangplank. Disaster at Bar Harbor Ferry tells not only the complete story of the people and the events of that day, but of a time and way of life long gone by and nearly forgotten.

About the Author

A Navy veteran of the first Gulf War and former reporter for The Bar Harbor Times, Mac Smith lives in Stockton Springs, Maine, in the village of Sandy Point. He is also the author of Mainers on the TitanicPeyton Place Comes Home to Maine, Maine’s Hail to the Chief, and Siege at the State House.

There will be copies of the book for sale by the author at this event.

This will be a hybrid presentation ~ in-person in the library's community room and via Zoom, using our Meeting Owl.  Please preregister here if you'd like to Zoom in.

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