Captain Peter Millholland leaves the dock with more confidence these days knowing that if something happens to his boat he will have friends in distinctive yellow boats ready to assist.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Captain Peter spends at least five days a week on the water. He is the lead captain for the nonprofit group Friends of Casco Bay, located in Portland, Maine, the organization that monitors the health of Casco Bay.
Sea Tow Portland/Midcoast in Southport, Maine recently donated two one-year Sea Tow memberships that will cover the organization’s two boats if they ever have trouble on the water and need a tow or other Sea Tow service.
“These memberships from Sea Tow allow us to have confidence that if something happens when we’re on the water, we won’t have to worry about how we’ll get help,” says Cathy Ramsdell, Friends of Casco Bay’s executive director. Citizen Stewards Coordinator Peter Milholland, who captains the Research Vessel Joseph E. Payne, added, “We are on the water year-round, patrolling the Bay and monitoring its water quality. The peace of mind it provides is priceless.”
The two Sea Tow memberships provide the assurance and value of knowing that there is a captain available 24/7 who can provide on-the-water assistance if needed. The memberships cover both of Friends of Casco Bay’s vessels. One boat is used to monitor the bay’s environmental health. A second boat, Baykeeper II, pumps out raw sewage from recreational boats for shoreside disposal.
“We like to give back to the communities where we live and work, and Friends of Casco Bay is a group that we are proud to support,” said Bruce White, captain and local Sea Tow franchise owner. “They not only monitor the health of the bay, which affects the health of the food that we all eat, but they help us, so we wanted to provide a way to assist them if they ever need help.”