Thomaston Historical Society’s Tuesday, Sept. 13 program will feature Capt. Jim Sharp, author, maritime historian and owner of Rockland’s Sail, Power & Steam Museum, who will discuss the creation of his book “With Reckless Abandon,” along with stories of the museum.

The meeting will be held at the Knox Farmhouse, 80 Knox St., and it is free and open to the public. The session will begin with refreshments at 7 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting at 7:30 p.m. and culminating with Sharp’s presentation at 7:40 p.m.

A former charter captain, windjammer business owner and owner/rehabilitator of more than 30 fine vessels (including schooners, tugboats, freight boats and “just about anything that would float”), Sharp has carved out a long and fascinating maritime career punctuated by cruises throughout the world. “With Reckless Abandon,” republished this year by Down East Books, is a chronicle of his many adventures. Sharp called it a bedazzling mix of memories of schoonering, tug-boating and life’s undertaking of the sometimes harsh conditions of the Maine coast.

Attracted to maritime pursuits at an early age, Sharp learned many of his seamanship skills from his father. After a short career in finance, he purchased a 44-foot Alden classic yawl and set out for the Bahamas to become a charter captain. After working from one job to another, he came to Maine to discover the windjammer fleet out of Camden and carve out a career. To this end, he purchased and rehabilitated the Stephen Taber, oldest commercial sail vessel in the U.S.; the Schooner Adventure; the Arctic Schooner Bowdoin; and the Schooner Roseway, followed by a variety of other vessels.

Since retiring, he and his wife Meg have voyaged all over Europe in their own Dutch canal boat and explored almost every waterway of the United States and Canada from Texas to Quebec, writing stories of their travels along the way. They also purchased the old Outward Bound property in the south end of Rockland and renovated the buildings to create the Sail, Power & Steam Museum, Coastal Children’s Museum, a professional office building, lobster shack restaurant, marina and boat shop.

Incorporated in 1971, the Thomaston Historical Society was organized to collect, promote and preserve material that illustrates the history of Thomaston, and to make it accessible for those who wish to study it. The society maintains and operates a museum of local artifacts at its headquarters, the Knox Farmhouse, the last remaining building from the original 18th-century General Henry Knox estate.

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