**Registration is required for the Zoom webinar only.**
Join local author Fred Hill for a lively discussion of local history and a reading from his latest book "A Flick of Sunshine."
Hill's talk will focus mainly on the story of a shipwreck, survival in the latter days of the great 3 and 4 masted sailing ships, and Bath's prominence in shipbuilding in the mid and later 19th century. Will Jackson, a "Bath Boy" (as sailors from the city of ships were often known) was born at the beginning of the Civil war. He was the grandson of William Donnell Crooker, who, with his brother, led one of the most successful shipbuilding companies in the middle of the century before they ran into hard times, the panic of 1857, and fiscal challenges. Because of the decline of the shipyard, Jackson, Hill's great-uncle, went to sea at age 21. He was the youngest, lowest paid, and last member of the crew and effectively saved all members of the (Sewall) ship Rainier when it wrecked on a reef in the Marshall Islands in January 2, 1884- only to get marooned there himself for several more months.
This program will be presented in the Community Room and live on Zoom. Books will be available for purchase at the event and at Mockingbird Bookstore. With support from Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc.