Rockland Public Library and the Rockland Historical Society will screen “The Adventures of Dick Spear” Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of the library, 80 Union St.

Rockland native Dick Spear had the extraordinary opportunity to take a year off from high school in 1939 and sailed across the Atlantic with noted historian Samuel Eliot Morison as he retraced the route of Christopher Columbus aboard a 142-foot barkentine.

Spear attended the Maine Maritime Academy, served on World War II Liberty ships in convoys crossing the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and later transported products through the Suez Canal and around the southern tips of Africa and South America in the peacetime merchant marine.

Following his merchant marine service, Spear returned to Rockland where he managed the Maine State Ferry Service for 30 years. After he retired, in 1989, Spear took a trip to the Arctic and flew to the North Pole where all directions pointed south. Ten years ago, Spear and his daughter took a trip to Antarctica, where they were greeted by penguins, seals and whales.

Wayne Gray and Gil Merriam of Gem Productions will show a made-for-TV documentary about Spear’s adventures and, afterward, Capt. Spear will be available for questions. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to