CAMDEN — During the month of April, the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., hosts an exhibit of vintage photography in the Picker Room Gallery, provided by the Penobscot Marine Museum. The exhibit is called “Up River” and features a selection of images from the museum’s Captain Bill Abbott Collection. The exhibit is part of the library’s long-standing partnership with the Penobscot Marine Museum to highlight Maine’s rich maritime history every April during the library’s celebration of “Maritime Month.”

Captain William Abbott spent 50 years guiding vessels into port, including through the challenging waters of Penobscot Bay and Penobscot River. He was a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, the founder of the Penobscot Bay and River Pilots 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 view of his life and career. It will launch in April at the Camden Public Library and then travel to PMM’s Merithew House Gallery for the 2022 season.

The exhibit will be complemented by a narrated slideshow on Zoom, presented by Captain David Gelinas on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. 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 Abbott, who mentored him when he became a pilot. Visit the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at to register for a Zoom link to attend.

Details and registration links for all of the “Maritime Month” programs can be found on the Camden Public Library’s website. Maritime Month is generously supported by Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inn.