Thursday Night Lecture Series with Mark J. Gabrielson about his book 'Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews: Humble Heroes From a Downeast Island.'
|Penobscot Marine Museum library|
|11 Church Street, Searsport, ME|
|Aug 29, 2013|
|7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
Talk and book signing with Mark J. Gabrielson. He will discuss his book Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews: Humble Heroes From a Downeast Island. The America’s Cup yacht races were, and still are, the most prestigious and expensive international sporting events in the world. With a history extending back over 160 years, the America’s Cup reached its height in the late 1800s - the era of J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Sir Thomas Lipton. Until that time, American yachts in the competition had been crewed by professional sailors from Europe. But in the winter of 1895, emissaries from the New York Yacht Club traveled more than 450 miles by train and steamboat to remote Deer Isle, Maine to recruit an all-Yankee crew. That small fishing town sent nearly forty of its best sailors to New York to sail Defender, and in a difficult and controversial series they defeated the best Great Britain’s aristocrats could muster.
Tickets in advance $8 members, $10 non-members, or at the door $12 members, $15 non-members. Buy tickets over the phone at 207-548-2529.