A personal history of Hurricane Island

Jan 12, 2018
Susan St. John’s new book documents the Hurricane Island years of Outward Bound.

Camden — Susan St. John will share stories, images and the process of creating of her new book about Outward Bound Wednesday, Jan. 24, at noon at the downtown Camden Public Library.

St. John’s “To Sail Beyond the Sunset,” her first book, is a collection of more than 400 color photographs and 100 voices from the field. Starting in 1973, she was a sea instructor for 30 years with the Outward Bound School, then based on Hurricane Island. She taught teens, women over 30, families, executives, Vietnam veterans (both men and women) and wives of Vietnam veterans. She found the family courses to be the most interesting and diverse, as they tended to include people from all the other groups.

St. John’s formal education includes a BA in Literature from Bennington College and a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University. She lives in Owls Head in the house she designed and built 40 years ago for her late husband, Bob Rheault, with whom she worked at Hurricane Island. There they raised their now-grown children, Nicholas and Alexis St. John-Rheault.

“I wake up every morning and, if it isn’t foggy, look 10 miles across Penobscot Bay to Hurricane Island. It is a touchstone,” St. John said.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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