Maritime matters are a prominent theme this month at Huntington libraries.
Sinking of the Pelican
On Tuesday, local libraries are partnering for a virtual presentation about the sinking of the fishing boat Pelican off Montauk in 1951. A freak squall capsized the packed boat, taking the lives of 45 of the 62 people aboard. Learn more about this tragedy, the effects on the community and the safety regulation changes that were made with this presentation from the Montauk Historical Society. Register for the 7 p.m. presentation.
A Speck in the Sea
On April 23, the Half Hollow Hills Community Library will host John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski, chosen by Long Island Reads. Their book, A Speck in the Sea, tells the story of the search and rescue mission to save Aldridge, a Montauk fisherman, after he was swept overboard in 2013 as fishing partner Sosinki slept below deck.
Free tickets to the in-person event at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library are available on Eventbrite. The event will begin at 2 pm. The library will also be livestreaming the event that day. Go here to register to attend the event virtually. The Glen Cove Public Library is hosting the event on Zoom.
On Thursday, the Huntington Public Library will host a look at the Titanic, from its construction through its sinking in 1912, and rediscovery at the bottom of the Atlantic in 1985. Register here: https://attend.myhpl.org/event/8019998