‘Disaster at Bar Harbor Ferry’ KHS April 19 topic

AUGUSTA – What was at the time Maine’s deadliest disaster, the wharf collapse of the Bar Harbor Ferry, will be the topic of the Kennebec Historical Society’s April 19 in-person presentation.
Mac Smith, author of “Disaster on the Bar Harbor Ferry,” will be the speaker at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Augusta City Center, 16 Cony St.
The talk is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.
Smith, a former reporter for The Bar Harbor Time, is also the author of “Mainers on the Titanic,” “Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine,” “Maine’s Hail to the Chief” and “Siege at the State House.”
The collapse of the ferry wharf in August 1899 killed 20 people.
In an era when the only means of travel to the growing resort of Bar Harbor was a ferry from the town of Hancock, “Disaster on the Bar Harbor Ferry” tells the tale of how a rush of passengers turned a summer Sunday outing into a scene of chaos, tragedy, death, and heroism.