2017-09-14 / Community News

Author to tells tale of Mark Twain

Kristin Krause will share the story behind her book, “Last Voyage of the Hornet: The Story that Made Mark Twain Famous,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at Dyer Library.

“Last Voyage” tells the true story of Maine native Capt. Josiah Mitchell whose clipper ship burned in the Pacific in 1866. The crew were forced to flee in small boats. The Hornet’s crew traveled 4,300 miles to safety, a feat unequaled in maritime history. Through it all, Mitchell and two passengers kept daily diaries. When they reached Hawaii, a down and out young reporter named Samuel Clemens interviewed the crew. His story was telegraphed across the country and around the world launching his career as Mark Twain.

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