(Photo courtesy Megan Frey)
(Photo courtesy Megan Frey)
Camden Public Library will host a narrated slideshow by merchant mariner Megan Frey on Thursday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Frey will talk about photos from ocean passages such as sailing around Cape Horn on the 1911 barque Europa, visiting the Vanuatu Islands in the South Pacific and traversing the Northwest Passage from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to Norway. To register, visit the “What’s Happening” link on the adult events calendar at librarycamden.org.

In a news release, Frey said, “Ten years ago, I was living on the Isle of Eigg in the Scottish Hebrides when my dear friend Simon asked me if I would like to join him for a three-week passage to Ireland and back. I said ‘most certainly,’ that although I had never gone sailing before, I would be up for the adventure. On our first night out, we were in a gale while crossing the Irish Sea. Simon looked up from the companionway with a cup of hot tea for me and said, ‘Megan, you’re not supposed to be smiling! You should be scared ... have respect for the sea.’ But I was not afraid — I felt the most alive I had ever experienced!”

Frey recently founded Ocean’s Dream, a nonprofit sail training and marine science organization for students ages 16 to 21. The organization is currently in the fundraising stage and would like to purchase a 75-foot steel schooner. Ocean’s Dream will be based in the Pacific Northwest, sailing in the San Juan Islands and on to Alaska and Hawaii. Visit oceansdream.org for more information.