Anthropologist William Haviland will discuss why the men of Deer Isle were sought after as crewmen, especially for the big steam yachts of the early 20th century, Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church St.  Admission is free.

The men of Deer Isle have been famous for their maritime skills for more than 100 years.  In 1895 and 1899, the America’s Cup was won by all-Deer Isle crews, the first and last time in history a single town supplied an entire crew for the race. Haviland’s book on the subject, “Floating Palaces: America's Queens of the Sea,” which he wrote with Deer Isle native Barbara (Greenlaw) Britton, was published this year.

Haviland is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Vermont. Growing up, he spent summers on Deer Isle and is now a full-time resident. He is on the boards of the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society and the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. His talk is part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s Boat Talk Series.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.