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The Propeller Club of the United States’ Searsport/Bucksport Chapter announces the area’s first celebration of National Maritime Day, to take place on Saturday, May 18, at Heritage Park in the City of Belfast. The celebration will call attention to our region’s rich commercial maritime heritage, and feature companies and organizations that support growth and safe operations within Penobscot Bay’s active seaports.

Planned activities include: USCG Color Guard honoring mariners lost at sea, guided tours aboard commercial and training vessels, boat trips, pilot gig rowing, law enforcement vessels, pilot boats, tug boats, and many other port support vessels. There will be a live tug boat demonstration by Penobscot Bay Tractor Tug Company tug FOURNIER TRACTOR, and a demonstration of the Bangor Fire Department’s new fire and rescue boat. Folk live music by the Windbuyer’s. Exhibits from 24 + local companies.

Event Schedule

10:00 AM Opening Ceremonies Pres. Capt. David Gelinas
11:00 AM Honoring those Lost at Sea

Hymn “Eternal Father”

Blessing & Prayers

Laying of the Wreath

U.S.C.G. Color Guard
St. Margaret’s Choir
Reverend Joel Kreuger.

Capt William Abbott

11:30 AM Maritime Person of the Year Award                                                         Presented to Mr. Peter Vigue
12:00 PM Live Music The Windbuyers folk trio
 2:00 PM Demonstration of Fire Fighting
Live Tug Boat Demonstration with all water cannons blazing
Bangor Fire Department

Penobscot Bay Tractor Tug Company, Belfast

 4:00 PM Closing Ceremonies Pres. Capt. David Gelinas & V. Pres. Capt. Worth

History of National Maritime Day

In 1933 the U.S. Congress designated May 22 as National Maritime Day to honor those who serve the nation as merchant mariners. On or about that day, the nation celebrates commercial seafarers for safely and responsibly promoting commerce and for protecting our freedom. The day is also intended to highlight the importance of the industry and our maritime heritage.

Maritime Person of the Year Award

The Propeller Club of Searsport and Bucksport are proud to announce that the recipient of the Club’s first Maritime Person of the Year Award for 2013 is Mr. Peter Vigue, Chair and CEO of the Cianbro Corporation. A Maine native, he received a B.S. in Marine Engineering from Maine Maritime Academy. After work in the Merchant Marine, he joined Cianbro in 1970 and soon became a leader in the construction industry. Under the leadership of Mr. Vigue, Cianbro has used Maine’s working ports in new and creative ways: they have brought valuable work to the port of Rockland, and overhauled the former Eastern Fine Paper facility in Brewer into a modular fabrication facility. For his influence in improving infrastructure in the region, his appreciation for the strategic significance of Maine’s working ports, and his ability to bring jobs and opportunity to the State, we are honoring Mr. Peter Vigue with our award as Maritime Person of the Year.

Background: In 2007, Cianbro started the overhaul of the former Eastern Fine Paper facility in Brewer, turning the former mill site into a modular fabrication facility.  The site’s location adjacent to the Penobscot River was an especially attractive attribute for Cianbro, as the finished modules could be shipped out by barge. The first shipment was made in March of 2009, marking the first time in decades that manufactured goods had been exported down-river, and established the return of Brewer as a working port. In June of 2010, Cianbro was successful in securing a contract to do overhaul work on a 748’ deep-sea drill ship, the STENA FORTH. The project utilized the Port of Rockland as a staging and logistical base to successfully execute this task.

Attending Vessels and Exhibitors in alphabetical order

  • Bangor Fire department: 26’ Fire & Rescue Boat
  • Cianbro Corporation
  • Come Boating
  • Cummins Northeast LLC
  • Dragon Cement Products
  • First Wind
  • Front Street Shipyard
  • Great Northern Paper/Thermogen Industries
  • Hamilton Marine
  • Harbor tours aboard  M/V Fish Hawk at discounted ticket price
  • Hartley Marine Services
  • H.O. Bouchard
  • Irving Oil
  • Lane Construction Corporation
  • Maine dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Maine  Dept. of Marine Resources
  • Maine Maritime Academy
  • Maine Marine Patrol: 47’ patrol boat Guardian
  • Maine Port Authority
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/ National Ocean Service (NOS)
  • NEARACOOS (Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems)
  • Nautical Scribe Books of Belfast
  • Oil Spill Response Vessel Alvin McNeil
  • Penobscot Bay and River Pilots: 47’ Pilot Boat Penobscot Pilot.
  • Penobscot Bay Tractor Tug Company (one or more tugboats open for tours.)
  • Penobscot River Oil Pollution Abatement Committee (PROPAC)- oil spill response vessels and equipment
  • Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport
  • Prock Marine Corporation
  • Reed & Reed
  • Searsport Pilot Boat “Ciloway III” Courtesy Hamilton Marine
  • Sprague Energy Corporation
  • Tug  Pentagoet;  “Motor Vessel Ned” Courtesy Maine Maritime Marine
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • U.S.C.G. Color Guard North Eastern Sector Portland division
  • Webber Energy/Webber Tanks

Sponsorship is being provided by the following Companies in alphabetical order:

  • Allen Insurance and Financial
  • Cianbro Corporation
  • Cummins Northeast LLC
  • First Wind
  • Hamilton Marine
  • Irving Oil
  • Lane Construction Company
  • Mainely Solutions
  • Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railroad
  • Monhegan Boat Line
  • Nautical Scribe Books of Belfast
  • Penobscot Bay and River Pilots Association
  • Penobscot Bay Tractor Tug Company serving t
    he Penobscot Region
  • Prock Marine Corporation
  • Prock Marine Tug & Barge
  • R & R Ltd
  • Reed & Reed
  • Sprague Energy
  • Thermogen Industries/Cate Street Capital
  • Wardwell Construction



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