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Daring Rescue at Sea: talk by Penobscot Bay pilot Capt. Skip Strong

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SEARSPORT Penobscot Bay Capt. Skip Strong will speak about his daring rescue with his oil tanker, in a tropical storm off the coast of Florida in 1994, of an oceangoing tugboat and barge. Strong, then captain of an oil tanker carrying 10 million gallons of crude, was trying to outrun tropical storm Gordon when he picked up a distress call off the Florida coast on Nov. 15, 1994. Strong's was the only vessel close enough to respond. He decided to attempt a rescue, although doing so put his own crew and cargo at risk. He has described this harrowing rescue in his book 'In Peril: A Daring Decision, a Captain's Resolve, and the Salvage that Made History.'

Capt. Skip Strong graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1984 and was a captain at 27. His company is Penobscot Bay and River Pilots, and he is one of 15 licensed pilots in Maine. 

Daring Rescue at Sea is Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m. at Penobscot Marine Museum's Stephen Phillips Memorial Library, 11 Church Street, Searsport. Tickets in advance are $8 for members, $10 for non-members, or at the door $12 for members and $15 for non-members.  Buy tickets online at or call (207) 548-2529. 


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