Tragedy In Casco Bay by Stacy L. Welner

I posted this message before the new site was launched earlier this year, and recently had an inquiry about the book, so I thought it was worth posting again for our new members:

 Tragedy in Casco Bay by Stacy Welner (2006, Anchor Publishing) is a book I recently stumbled across while perusing local histories at my local Borders (

After reading the back of the book, and noticing the story took place quite near my hometown of Brunswick, Maine, (The tragedy actually took place near Harpswell) I felt compelled to pick it up and give it a read.

From the back cover:

The following article was first published as a serial in the Harpswell Anchor. The Don is a shipwreck tregedy which took place in the waters of Casco Bay, near the islands of Harpswell, Maine in 1941. The wreck and loss of 34 persons, mostly from Rumford and Mexico, changed communities and maritime laws forever.

With just over 100 pages and chock full of photographs from local newspaper articles covering the incident, the book is an easy read. In fact, I couldn't put it down, and was finished within a couple of hours. Then, I went back and read it again!

I enjoyed this book for 2 reasons. First, I thought Welner did an excellent job of following the timeline of events to help tell the story vs. simply recounting the facts of the incident. Secondly, this is one of those things that I read and thought "Why haven't I heard of this before?" It leaves me curious to know what other local happenings I am unaware of.

I definately recommend this book to anyone interested in stories like these that never seem to make it to our classrooms.

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 10 October 2007 07:03)


Sunday Oct. 7th - 32nd Annual Pettengill Farm Days

This Sunday, October 7th, from 10am to 3pm historic Pettengill Farm in Freeport will be open to the public for living history demonstrations, boat rides on the Harraseeket River estuary, home and garden tours & even an introduction to GPS and geocaching.

So, stop by.  Enjoy some of their homemade soup, or bring your own lunch to enjoy on the farm grounds.  There's fun for kids of all ages!


For More information visit the Freeport Historical Society Website at:

or call 865-3170



Last Updated (Thursday, 04 October 2007 03:16)


Helen Keller - The Maine Connection

I was struck by an article I read this morning, which describes a Maine connection to Helen Keller, one of the most famous people of American Folklore.  In the 1890's a series of letters were written back and forth between Keller and Ethel Orr, of Bailey Island.  Apparently Orr wrote Keller requesting her to autograph a ribbon for a quilt at her mother's suggestion.

It did not occur to Ethel that Helen Keller, who was also 10 at the time, might be too busy with her extensive studies and voluminous correspondence to respond to a child living on an obscure island in Maine.

But Helen Keller, the blind and deaf child already known for her intellectual prowess and charm, did respond to Ethel, who was home-schooled because she suffered from asthma.

The story of the two young pen pals, “Helen, Ethel & The Crazy Quilt,” was recently published by Mayhaven Publishing, Mahomet. Illustrated with evocative, colorful paintings by a Maine artist, it tells the story of two young girls who deeply appreciated being pen pals.


For More Information on this story, and the Keller ties to Maine:


Last Updated (Wednesday, 03 October 2007 03:27)