Book talk to discuss Bath shipyard

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BATH — The heyday and aftermath of the 19th century Crooker Shipyard is the focus of Fredric B. Hill’s new book.

The author – a Bowdoin College graduate, part-time Arrowsic resident, and member of the Maine’s First Ship board in Bath – will discuss “Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs: The Rise and Fall of the Crooker Shipyard in Bath, Maine” next week at the Mustard Seed Bookstore.

The free event at 74 Front St. will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. Books will be available to buy and have signed.

Hill is the great-great-grandson of William Donnell Crooker, who, with his brother Charles Crooker, numbered among Bath’s most influential shipbuilders in the 1880s, according to an event press release. Hill’s career has included 20 years each with the Baltimore Sun and U.S. State Department.