Book of the Week #36

Ocean-born Mary: The Truth Behind a New Hampshire Legend by Jeremy D'Entremont (The History Press, 2011)

D'Entremont, an expert on lighthouses and a Portsmouth resident, has turned his attention to the story of Ocean-born Mary for his latest book. He will be reading from this new book at RiverRun Bookstore on Thursday, 9/8/2011 at 7pm.

Meet Mary: ocean-born and named by an infamous pirate. Her birth saved a group of Scottish immigrants aboard a ship bound for New England in 1720. Halfway through the grueling voyage, pirates intercepted and captured the vessel. Upon hearing a baby’s cry, the pirate captain promised to spare the lives of all on board if the mother named her newborn Mary, possibly after his beloved mother. The ship arrived safely in Massachusetts, and Mary lived most of her long life in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Discover the house in Henniker, New Hampshire, that Mary is said to haunt and where a pirate purportedly stashed his treasure. Join historian Jeremy D’Entremont as he separates the facts from the fantastic legends shrouding one of New England’s most enduring folk tales.

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