Bar Harbor Lobsterman Busy as Cruise Ship Pilot

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A Royal Caribbean vessel arriving in Maine. Photo/Royal Caribbean

Mount Desert Islander: From April through the end of October, pilot boat captain David Spear has a more unpredictable schedule than an on-call obstetrician. That’s because the lobsterman is quietly one of the most important cogs in Bar Harbor’s cruise industry machine.

For the past 20 years, Spear has met every single cruise ship that has come into Frenchman Bay and has watched as the town transformed into a wildly popular cruise destination with more than 100 visits each year.

“Back then, there were only about 4 or 5 ships in a season,” he said. “Now it’s just nonstop.”

Read more about the Bar Harbor lobsterman who also serves as cruise ship pilot.