A not-to-be-missed opportunity for those fascinated by the sinking of the steamship Titanic in 1912 will be when author Malcolm “Mac” Smith will share the research behind his book, “Mainers on the Titanic.” The event will take place on Thursday, July 26 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Skidompha Library’s first-floor Porter Meeting Hall.
“Mainers on the Titanic” traces the stories of passengers on that fateful ship who had ties to Maine. Many of them were wealthy summer visitors to Mount Desert Island, but there were many other residents of the state on board as well. Their dramatic tales are retold by the author, along with the sinking-related events in the state at that time. Meticulously researched, this book reveals the agonizing day-to-day wait of Mainers for news of what really happened to their loved ones on the ship, and tells the stories of Maine passengers from their boarding to the sinking, rescue, and arrival back in the country — and for those who did not survive, their final coming ashore in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Smith’s research has resulted in a unique and fascinating volume. Copies of his book will be available for purchase by cash or check. A $5 donation is suggested to support future genealogy programming.
Skidompha Library is located at 184 Main St., Damariscotta.