ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland Public Library and the Rockland Historical Society will present “The Adventures of Captain Dick Spear,” a documentary film with a question and answer session afterward, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the library.
Rockland native Dick Spear had the extraordinary opportunity to take a year off from high school in 1939 to sail across the Atlantic with noted historian Samuel Eliot Morison as he retraced the route of Christopher Columbus aboard a 142-foot barkentine.
Spear attended Maine Maritime Academy, served on World War II Liberty ships in convoys crossing the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and later transported products through the Suez Canal and around the southern tips of Africa and South America in the peacetime merchant marine.
After his merchant marine service, Spear returned to Rockland where he managed the Maine State Ferry Service for 30 years. After he retired in 1989, he took a trip to the Arctic and flew to the North Pole where all directions pointed south. Ten years ago, Spear and his daughter took a trip to Antarctica, where they were greeted by penguins, seals and whales.
Wayne Gray and Gil Merriam of Gem Productions will show a made-for-TV documentary about Spear’s adventures. Afterward, Captain Spear will be available for questions. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 594-0310.