In 1880 Anders Anderson left his family farm in Sweden at the age of sixteen. He sailed around the world for six years, and in 1886 settled in Stonington, Maine to work in the granite quarries on Crotch Island. Eventually he returned to the sea and became a schooner captain, brought his brother and three sisters to America, married a lighthouse keeper’s daughter, and raised six children in Rockland, Maine. Capt. Anderson sailed mostly three-masted schooners along the Atlantic coast from Nova Scotia to the Caribbean. For much of his career he sailed Maine granite southbound from quarries including Clark Island, Vinalhaven, and Somes Sound. Capt. Anderson sailed schooners until 1932 and through four shipwrecks he never lost a crewman. During one of those shipwrecks he kept his crew alive for two days and nights in an open dory in frigid February weather. The compelling story of this remarkable man will be told by his grandson John R. Anderson in the illustrated talk “Capt. Anders Anderson, Penobscot Bay Captain of Maine Granite Schooners” on Thursday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm. Admission is free, a $5 donation is appreciated. This lecture is part of the month-long Maine Coast Stone Symposium.
Rockland, Maine native John R. Anderson has transcribed and published over thirty years of his grandfather’s journals. John’s research on his grandfather has taken him to Sweden and to a Maine island to recover pieces of his grandfather’s ship and the granite it was carrying. He has recently completed a biography of Capt. Anderson “Borne on the Wind; The Life and Journals of Captain Anders Anderson.”