Sail, Power & Steam Museum talk to highlight Penbay Pilots

by | Nov 2, 2022

The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum will once again host their online lecture series, Captains’ Quarters at 6:30 pm, Monday, November 7 featuring the Pilots of the Penobscot  Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: on the “Music and Calendar” tab.  Attendance is free.

You’ve seen the dramatic photos of the brave seafaring pilots being hauled up the side of tankers and cargo ships as they navigate tall seas and frigid weather.  Available 24/7/365 (weather permitting), they are responsible for guiding these ships safely through the waters of Penobscot Bay and River.  Once their cargo is unloaded, they once again help them safely navigate until they are safely clear of state waters.

Over 200 commercial deep-draft vessels, including tankers, freighters, and tug and barge combinations call upon the ports of Searsport, Bucksport, Rockland, Brewer, and Bangor each year.  It can be a treacherous job, even on calm summer days with a diverse range of mariners crisscrossing their route, many from out of state and unfamiliar with our waters.  Sailboats, power boats, lobster boats, and even kayaks must be contended with when guiding large vessels up the bay. 

Museum co-founder, Capt. Jim Sharp, will be joined on the 7th by Captains David Gelinas, Prentice and Skip Strong of Southwest Harbor, David Smith of Ellsworth, and Adam Philbrook of Owls Head as they share stories and photographs that detail their work out on the bay.

In the true spirit of our maritime heritage, it is suggested that people “grab a ‘tot’ of rum” (or a cup of tea), settle into the comfort of their own boat or home, fire up the woodstove during our now chilly fall evenings, and join Captain Sharp and the crew as they share photos, stories and history of these wonderful old vessels.  FMI: