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Sunday Afternoons at the EAC: The Art of Piloting in Passamaquoddy Bay with Captain Bob Peacock
February 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree
The Sunday Afternoons at the EAC series, a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center, continues with Captain Bob Peacock, presenting on The Art of Piloting in Passamaquoddy Bay, on February 2. The Maine Pilotage Commission requires the use of local pilots for foreign flag vessels with a draft greater than nine feet and United States vessels engaged in international trade. Vessels uncertain of local conditions need aid to approach strange ports day or night, and jumping off a relatively small boat onto a fast-moving ship in the dark is not an easy matter! Captain Peacock will talk about the joys and fears, science, skills, winds and tides (including serious tide rips and keeping small problems from becoming major emergencies in seconds)—all facets of his art. In the past, not everyone spoke English. Adding to the fun is a “blind corner” as a ship entering the bay can’t see a ship coming down the St. Croix River. All the while, it is important not to hit any whales. Peacock will share some of the joys and challenges of being on the water in this area and show some slides.
Peacock is a native of Lubec, and graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. He holds extensive First Class Pilotage throughout the United States, and currently serves as harbor and river pilot and docking master for Eastport and the Quoddy Region.
Sunday Afternoons at the EAC programs are held downstairs at the EAC. Hot drinks and refreshments are offered; donations are gratefully accepted. The series will run through April, skipping Easter Sunday. For more information, and to view the rest of the series lineup, please visit https://eastportartscenter.org/constituent-groups/the-concert-series/. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible.