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Pilot Boat No. 1 New York Update

See the exciting announcement at the end of this post. Sunday I got word thanks to Shipshooter–Jonathan Atkin–that the pilot boat-to-be would be moving from Caddell’s back to the Sandy Hook Pilots (SHP) base on Monday morning right around sunrise.  Pilot boat-to-be?  There’s still much work to do before she enters service.  And at 0626, […]

A Pilot’s Life 2

Algoma Mariner (2011) heads upriver with a load of ore.  This time of year and until the St. Lawrence Seaway opens, Montreal is the head of navigation, so that’s where the ore will be discharged and sent further by rail. Pilot exchange at Quebec City is facilitated by Ocean Ross Gaudreault (ORG).     Minutes after […]

Pilots 10

What happens if you build a pilot boat in Massachusetts to be used on the Great Lakes?  It needs to get to its place of use. Thanks to the NY Media Boat, I got these photos this week as the Huron Spirit hurried through the sixth boro.   North of the watery boro, I was […]

A Pilot’s Life

Here’s an article published by the USCG on this profession. And here’s my article/photos from the October 2016 issue of Professional Mariner on Lakes Pilots Association, District 2.  The photos in this post are outtakes from that article. Below the captain of Huron Belle maneuvers into position to switch a District 2 pilot for a District 3 pilot on an […]

1941 Pilot Redux

Earlier this “classic boat” month I posted contemporary photos of Millie B, ex-Pilot, USACE. The first two photos below and the last one come thanks to “Barrel.”  I can’t accurately characterize what each is;  I’ll leave that to you.   The middle two photos below come compliments of William Lafferty, frequent commenter, here, who writes, “[This […]

1941 Pilot

How about this to follow yesterday’s post . . .  this Pilot was one of four completed by Leathem D. Smith Towing and Wrecking Co. in Sturgeon Bay WI in March and April 1941.  Actually, the paint on the bow notwithstanding, she’s now called Millie B.      Here she is just showing off some bare […]

1914 Pilot

I’ve lived most of my life on one side of the Atlantic or another, which leaves me unfamiliar with the Pacific.  Thanks to Mage, frequent commenter on this blog, here’s a classic Pacific vessel, one built at Manuel Goularte’s yard in San Diego in 1914.  According to information on her filed with the National Register of […]

Pilots 9

I’d love to know more about this launch . . . in terms of engine and performance. “Launch” is what the pilot service calls this. And this is the PSV (pilot station vessel) Polaris, which has operated off the Port of rotterdam for three plus years now. For some great photos of pilot vessels all over the […]

Pilots 8

It’s the summer station boat and a training platform for pilot apprentices.  Recognize the location? The station boat is on the East River just east of Hell Gate.   From near to far, the bridges are the Hell Gate and then the RFK. Here she passes the Astoria Generating Station on its way to the channel […]

Pilots 7

By this point, I’d ceased thinking this was a fast-moving fishing boat. Here’s a dawn photo I took from the Staten Island side of the Narrows six months back. But this shot, like the top one above, I took at dawn two weeks ago while waiting for the big crane to lift itself above the […]