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Maritime Month Series: Pirates and Lost Treasure of Coastal Maine

Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

The Camden Public Library’s Maritime Month Series wraps up with an exciting online presentation entitled Pirates and Lost Treasure of Coastal Maine by author and pirate re-enactor Greg Latimer on Thursday, April 29, at 6:00 pm. Latimer will offer insightful and factual information about Maine-based pirates, as well as pirates from “away,” who traveled to the Maine for a variety of purposes.

EMAIL jpierce@librarycamden.org TO REQUEST A ZOOM LINK TO ATTEND.

Many of the stories discussed in the talk will be new to the audience, as Maine is not often considered a pirate enclave. In fact, just like today’s seasonal tourists, pirates traveled to Maine during the summer months, when the Caribbean was hot and subject to hurricanes. Pirates valued the hidden coves and deserted islands along the “smuggler’s coast” of Maine.

There are historical reports that pirates brought treasure to Maine, including the infamous Captain Kidd. In the presentation, Latimer will take a look at the facts and reveal if the stories are supported.

Pirates also brought their weapons, vessels, tactics, and unique culture to Maine; and these will be examined in a way that will demonstrate to that truth is often indeed stranger than fiction.

To purchase a copy of Greg Latimer’s book, Pirates and Lost Treasure of Maine, visit: redcloaktours.com/store

Greg Latimer first started as a newspaper reporter in the Los Angeles area at the age of 16. He later moved up to the position of investigative reporter for the daily Los Angeles Herald Examiner, where he established his reputation through coverage of the infamous torture-murders committed by Roy Lewis Norris and Lawrence Sigmund Bittaker.

His investigative reporting came to the attention of a detective lieutenant with the police department in Hermosa Beach, California and Latimer was recruited as a police evidence photographer. After some years there, he returned to journalism and eventually moved to Maine where he was employed by the Lincoln County Publishing Co. in Newcastle until his retirement in 2018. In 2001 he was recognized by the New England Press Association with an award for investigative reporting.

Latimer is the research director for MysteriousDestinationsMagazine.com, an online publication that explores mysteries in the U.S. and Caribbean; and the marketing director for Red Cloak Tours in Maine, where he also guides maritime history tours.

Latimer has worked as a pirate re-enactor in Maine, firing cannon, black powder small arms, participating in sword fights, and sailing armed vessels, giving him a sense of piracy that is up close and personal.

Latimer’s books Haunted Damariscotta and Ghosts of the Boothbay Region were previously published by the History Press/Arcadia Publishing.

Our Maritime Month Series is generously sponsored by Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inn.

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