Author John R. Anderson

CAMDEN — On Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m., the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., hosts author John R. Anderson for a presentation of his book “Borne on the Wind.” The book details the life and journals of his grandfather, Maine schooner captain Anders Anderson. John Anderson’s narrated slideshow will relate interesting details about his Swedish-American grandfather, whose sailing career spanned nearly half a century. The presentation will be held in-person in the library’s Picker Room.

Anders Anderson left his family’s farm in Sweden as a five-foot-tall 16-year-old seaman. After sailing across the world for six years, he emigrated to America in 1886. He settled in Stonington, Maine, where he worked in the granite quarries on Crotch Island, before returning to the sea and becoming a schooner captain.

“Borne on the Wind” by John R. Anderson.

Capt. Anderson renounced his allegiance to the King of Sweden and became a proud American, bringing his brother and three of his sisters to America as well. He sailed schooners out of Stonington, Camden, and finally Rockland. Married to a lighthouse keeper’s daughter (who spent 14 years of her youth on Curtis Island in Camden Harbor), they raised three sons and three daughters in the Midcoast.

Capt. Anderson primarily sailed three-masted schooners from Maine to destinations all along the Atlantic coast from Nova Scotia to Florida and numerous ports in the Caribbean until 1932. In his career, he survived four shipwrecks. On one of these occasions, he and his crew survived February conditions for two days and nights in an open dory, after having successfully delivered the statue of General John Logan, which stands in the center of Logan Circle in Washington, D.C.

Capt. Anderson is representative of the many iconic Maine captains who led the schooners over the horizon of history in the last days of the Age of Sail.

This program is part of the Camden Public Library’s “Discover History Month” series, presented annually in October and generously sponsored by The Smiling Cow. More information about other programs in the series can be found at librarycamden.org.

Aboard a schooner captained by Anders Anderson.