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Picker Room Gallery: Up River — Selections from the Captain Bill Abbott Collection, Curated by the Penobscot Marine Museum

Saturday, April 2 Friday, April 29


Ross Towing Co. tug WALTER ROSS with a four master in tow down the Penobscot River, seen from Stockton Springs shore, off Verona about 3 miles above Fort Point. circa 1915; Bill Abbott Collection

During the month of April, the Camden Public Library will be hosting an exhibit of vintage photography in the Picker Room Gallery, curated by the Penobscot Marine Museum. The exhibit is part of the library’s long-standing partnership with the PMM to highlight Maine’s rich maritime history in April as we celebrate “Maritime Month.”

Captain William Abbott spent fifty years guiding vessels into port, including through the challenging waters of Penobscot Bay and River. He was a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, the founder of the Penobscot Bay and River Pilot’s Association, and a mentor to countless port pilots. He was also an avid collector of photographs and was known to spin a good yarn. When Captain Abbott passed away in 2014, he left his treasured collection to the Penobscot Marine Museum where it is being digitized and preserved. This exhibit draws images from his collection to provide a glimpse into his life and career. It will launch in April at the Camden Public Library and travel to PMM’s Merithew House Gallery for the 2022 season.

The exhibit will be complemented by a narrated slideshow event on Zoom, presented by Captain David Gelinas on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 PM. Captain Gelinas will discuss the history of the Pen Bay Pilots and how the Maine’s State Pilotage System is practiced on Penobscot Bay. He will also share stories about Captain Bill Abbott who mentored him when he became a pilot.

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More about the presenter: Captain Gelinas has been a State Pilot for Penobscot Bay and River since 1992. He graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1984. He is the president of the Penobscot Bay & River Pilots Association, a board member of the Maine Pilotage Commission (Gubernatorial appointment), and a past president of the Searsport/Bucksport Chapter of the Propeller Club of the United States. He is also a board member of the Maine and New Hampshire Port Safety Forum. In 2000, Captain Gelinas received the United States Coast Guard Certificate of Commendation for his effort in establishing the Penobscot Bay Recommended Route for Deep Draft Vessels. 

Captain Gelinas resides in Camden with his wife Rae-Ann and their son Noah. His daughter Charlotte is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and design and resides in Boston.

Penobscot Marine Museum brings Maine’s maritime history to life on a campus of beautiful historic buildings in the charming seacoast village of Searsport, Maine. Exhibits throughout the campus tell unique stories of ship captains and their families, the industries of Penobscot Bay, global maritime trade, and today’s fisheries.

The Museum also develops changing seasonal and traveling exhibits and conducts educational outreach throughout Maine. The Museum has over 200,000 historic photographs, an extensive collection of maritime artifacts and archives, and a maritime history research library. The Museum offices and research library are open year-round. Exhibits are open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third Sunday in October.

Learn more at penobscotmarinemuseum.org.


Maritime Month is generously supported by Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inn.

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