Harrowing tale of local WWII hero to be retold in Searsport

Posted June 11, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

SEARSPORT, Maine — On June 14, Charlene Knox Farris will speak to the Searsport Historical Society about Capt. Edwin Earle Greenlaw, a Rockport native who married into a Searsport family and became one of the town’s most notable residents.

The event is open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, in Curtis Hall on Church Street.

Greenlaw is credited with rescuing eight members of his crew who were cast into the Atlantic Ocean on a leaky raft after a direct hit to their merchant steamship by a German torpedo during World War II. He used his knowledge of navigation to bring his crew safely across 2,000 miles of ocean using the stars to guide him.

Farris has invited several members of Greenlaw’s family to be present for a question-and-answer period after her presentation.