STOCKTON SPRINGS — Author Mac Smith talks about his new book “Disaster at the Bar Harbor Ferry” Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. at Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL), 6 Station St.

Mac Smith

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 the 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 the 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.

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

Following the talk, Smith will sign copies of the book that will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

SSCL is an all-volunteer library. For more information, call 207-567-4147.