William E. Abbott ’45 picture

William E. Abbott ’45

Penobscot Bay and River Pilot


B.S., Maine Maritime Academy, 1945 (D)

Career Highlights:

U.S. Merchant Marine, 1945 – 1947

  • Deck Officer, Cities Service Oil Company
  • Deck Officer, Keystone Shipping Company

Pilot, Penobscot Bay and River Pilots Association, 1947 – 2000

  • Opened the Port of Bar Harbor to cruise ships piloting Queen Elizabeth II
  • Opened the Ports of Winterport and Eastport to modern commercial shipping
  • Instrumental in creating the Penobscot Bay and River Pilotage Commission, known today as the Maine Pilotage Commission
  • Co-founded Camden Marine Operator with partner, Capt. Gilbert Hall ’50
  • Piloted more than 3,000 transits in the Penobscot River
  • Mastered coastal navigation without the use of marine-based aids
  • Trained most of the marine pilots currently working in Maine

Distinguished Service:

  • Master Mason, Grand Lodge of Maine, Belfast Masonic Hall – Over 60 years
  • Member, Portland Marine Society – Over 60 years
  • Member, Belfast Maine Rotary Club – Over 50 years
  • Charter Member, Propeller Club of the United States, Searsport-Bucksport Chapter, 1990 – present
  • Member, Maine Maritime Academy Alumni Association