On Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m., Capt. Jim Sharp will give a talk about the autobiography of Capt. Jack Crowell at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St./Sharp’s Point South. Included in his presentation will be a screening of the DVD “Journey to the Edge of Disaster.”

From hours of audio tapes recorded by Sharp, the voice of Crowell, master of the famed schooner Gertrude L. Thebaud, will resonate richly from the speakers while the video images of a magnificent schooner in big trouble, hard aground in a remote and barren wilderness of Frobisher Bay, holds viewers spellbound. Crowell “narrates” this very personal and agonizing experience while the camera pans ice cakes, polar bears and the jagged rocks of the Canadian Arctic.

This near tragedy was only one spectacular, hair-raising event in the exciting life of Crowell. Explorer and master mariner, his 50 years at sea included training in square-rigged ships; commanding the little Arctic schooner Bowdoin and schooners Radio and Sachem, as well as the Thebaud on Arctic exploration and scientific work, facilitating years of research on both polar regions in the harshest weather known to man.

The book and DVD are available for purchase on the Sail, Power and Steam Museum website. The talk is free, although donations are always appreciated. For more information on the museum and the book, call 701-7627; send email to ssmuseum@midcoast.com; or visit sailpowerandsteammuseum.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.