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Grandfather’s journals inspire new book by local author

Jul 12, 2019

ROCKLAND — Rockland native John Anderson will talk about his new book, “Borne on the Wind,” based on his grandfather’s journals, Tuesday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m., in the Community Room of the Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. The talk is co-sponsored by the Rockland Historical Society and the Rockland Public Library.

Anderson, the son of a local fisherman, graduated from Rockland District High School and majored in political science at the University of Maine. He worked in the international travel industry for many years and then taught middle school history and English.

Anderson’s grandfather, Captain Anders Anderson, began his sailing career at age 16, leaving his home in Sweden and sailing to ports around the world. He emigrated to the United States where he captained two- and three-masted schooners for more than 42 years. Captain Anderson kept journals for 35 years, which provide an important historical record of a lost era – the final days of the Atlantic sailing trade.

Anderson will show photographs taken by his father who sailed aboard Captain Anderson’s ship as a teenager. Following the program, he will be signing copies of his book, and there will be refreshments in the museum of the Rockland Historical Society.

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