Camden Public Library welcomes back maritime historian Charles H. Lagerbom Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. for a slideshow talk about his new book, “Maine to Cape Horn: The World’s Most Dangerous Voyage.” This is the first program in the library’s month-long Discover History Series. Lagerbom will also be signing and selling copies of his book in the library’s Children’s Garden on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pictured is “Maine to Cape Horn: The World’s Most Dangerous Voyage,” by Charles H. Lagerbom. Courtesy of Charles H. Lagerbom

 

Cape Horn conjures up images of wind-whipped waters and desperate mariners in frozen rigging. Long recognized as a maritime touchstone for sailors, it marks the spot where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet in one writhing mass. “Doubling” Cape Horn became the ultimate test, earning a prominent place in Maine maritime history. At the end of South America, it shares longitude 67 degrees west exactly with Cutler, Maine, a direct north–south line of seven thousand miles. Maine Cape Horners were recognized by a golden earring. If they did not survive this most difficult journey in the world, the earring covered the costs of their funeral, should the body ever be found. Lagerbom traveled to the end of the world to help research this story of bold Mainers and their exhilarating and oftentimes deadly dance with danger.

A published author, and avid book collector of polar, colonial Maine, and maritime books, Lagerbom is a frequent guest lecturer, presenting on cruise ships, sailing vessels, and ashore. He covers topics about history, life, politics, and science of Antarctica, Cape Horn, and South Atlantic, as well as colonial Maine and New England maritime history and archaeology. He is past president of the Antarctican Society, where he serves as current archivist/historian. He is author of “The Fifth Man: The Life of H.R. Bowers” and “Whaling in Maine” and publishes a weekly column in the Camden Herald titled “Half Seas Over: Interesting Research Related to Maritime Maine.” Lagerbom teaches AP U.S. History at Belfast Area High School and makes his home on the coast of Maine.

To learn more and register to attend, visit the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org.