On Friday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m., the Sail Power and Steam Museum will host a talk on Arctic explorer Donald Baxter Macmillan by his biographer, Mary Morton Cowan. Cowan’s book “Captain Mac” is the adventurous life story of the man who explored and researched the eastern Arctic and sub-Arctic for nearly 50 years, much of it aboard the famous little schooner Bowdoin. The biography is said to read like a novel and Cowan’s talk is sure to convey much of the fascinating and compelling story.

“Captain Mac” relates the story of a remarkable man who spent nearly 50 years exploring the Arctic. Growing up near the ocean, and orphaned by 12 years old, MacMillan forged an adventurous life. The book features the vital role he played in Robert Peary’s 1908-1909 North Pole expedition; a four-year-long expedition (1913-1917) that proved there is no land near the North Pole; and the expedition he led in 1925 that pioneered the use of radio and aircraft in Arctic exploration. MacMillan’s Navy career spanned both world wars, and he became a rear admiral in the U.S. Naval Reserve. The biography focuses on his long and distinguished career including daring adventures, contributions to environmental science and to the cultural understanding of eastern Arctic natives. MacMillan worked with explorers Peary, Matthew Henson and Richard Byrd, as well as many scientists and students who sailed with him aboard his Arctic schooner.

MacMillan’s connection to Maine is well known. The schooner Bowdoin is now at the Maine Maritime Academy. Cowan used the extensive archives of MacMillan’s papers at Bowdoin College for her research. The Sail, Power and Steam Museum showcases photos of the Bowdoin undergoing repair by Capt. Jim Sharp and a number of MacMillan artifacts given to Sharp.

The talk is free, but donations always appreciated.

Sharp’s Point South and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum are at 75 Mechanic St. For more information on this talk and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum, call 701-7627; send e-mail to spsllc09@yahoo.com or visit¬† www.sailpowersteam.org.