Michael Tolley, one of 15 Columbia River Bar Pilots, will give an overview of his career at sea Wednesday, July 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the Camden Yacht Club's Sunset Seminar Series.

From his time at Maine Maritime Academy to becoming a Naval Officer, sailing the local schooner Roseway, where he met his wife, to captaining four merchant ships delivering 50,000 metric tons of grain to the most troubled and poorest regions of the world.

Tolley will share stories of being attacked by Somalian pirates, fires aboard a naval landing craft, dealing with stowaways, beaching his ship in Bangladesh and sailing in 66-foot seas while circumnavigating the globe 13 times.

Tolley was also responsible for rescuing 241 Syrian refugees off the coast of Sicily in November 2014, who were left stranded by their smugglers for seven days without food or water. The memory of the Syrian children has profoundly impacted his life and he has stayed in contact with many of the families.

When not being dropped from helicopters onto giant freighters in the dangerous waters of the Columbia River in Oregon, he resides in Maine with his wife and three children.

This talk with be highlighted with videos and slides.

The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted to benefit the nonprofit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program. For more information please contact the CYC office at 236-7033 or visit camdenyachtclub.org.