Traveling Lecture Series

John Anderson is available to present a program on Captain Anderson’s life and sailing career to interested groups and organizations, and can be contacted here. Recent and upcoming talks and book signings include:


Rockland Public Library
80 Union Street
Rockland, Maine
Thursday, April 6, 6:30 pm

Vinalhaven Historical Society
Public Library
6 Carver Street
Vinalhaven, Maine

Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society


Camden Public Library
55 Main Street
Camden, Maine
Thursday, October 6, 2022, 6:30 pm

Acton Massachusetts Senior Center
Tuesday, September 22, 2021, 1:00 pm

You can now view the “Captain Anders Anderson & the last decades of the Atlantic sailing trade” video of the June 15, 2021 zoom presentation courtesy of the Southwest Harbor Public Library.

Southwest Harbor Public Library
Online event
Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm
Register here:

John Anderson’s recent virtual talk on the life of Captain Anderson was enthusiastically received by a large and engaged audience. His lavishly illustrated presentation casts a vivid and lively picture of  Maine’s maritime history.  Additionally, his passion for history and research is contagious and may serve to inspire those who aspire to explore becoming citizen-historians.

– Erich Reed, Director, Southwest Harbor Public Library

Rockland Historical Society,
80 Union St, Rockland, Maine
July 23, 2019, 6:30 pm
at the Rockland Public Library.   

“Thank you for your evocative program at the Rockland Historical Society about Borne on the Wind, your wonderful book about your grandfather, Anders Anderson, a Swedish sea captain of Rockland. Your stories and photographs made it seem as if, through the fog of history, sea captains, sailors, and farmers walked the streets of Rockland once again. It is important to remember these heroes of the past. Thanks for bringing them alive.”

– Ann Morris Curator, Rockland Historical Society

The Boothbay Region Historical Society
72 Oak Street
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
September 5, 2019, 4:30 pm.  

In John Anderson’s beautifully illustrated and inspiring talk on the life of his grandfather Capt. Anders Anderson, we discover a life filled with fortitude, hard work, kindness, and joy.  But this is not just a moving portrait of an extraordinary man, it is also an important description of Maine’s (and America’s) historic maritime past.  John’s opening quote, “Neither timid nor reckless men should go to sea,” reminds us of the strength of character needed to face the dangers of the sea during the age of sail.  We highly recommend this speaker. 

– Kathy Goldner, Outreach Manager, Boothbay Region Historical Society

Sail Power & Steam Museum
75 Mechanic Street
Rockland, Maine  04841
Friday, October 4, 2019, 7:30 pm

Penobscot Marine Museum
Old Vestry, 2 Church Street
Searsport, Maine
Saturday, October 5th, 2019, 12:00 noon

The library in the city of Trelleborg, Sweden, the area where the Captain’s story began, obtained a copy of Borne on the Wind during the author’s recent visit. The librarian wrote:

“..Your book has an impressive scope and is very well written. People interested in local and maritime history will find it useful. It will make a fine addition to our local history department.”

– Mattias Palm, Librarian
Trelleborg Library, Trelleborg Sweden

For further information see the contact page.