An unusual job for the Plymouth pilot (6 images)

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by grebeman, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
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    Knowing that a tanker was due in on the tide, and having seen the pilot launch go out, I drove to near Cattedown Wharfs. However when I climbed the hill behind the wharfs I was in for a surprise, this is the sight that greeted me.

    The brig Stavros S Niarchos, a sail training ship

    She came on up the Cattewater

    Then turned off Turnchapel. In the days of sail Turnchapel provided some 50% of the pilots for the port of Plymouth, much much busier then with pilots seeking Plymouth bound ships out in the English Channel

    Having carefully lined her up she was threaded into Turnchapel Marina between the old barges that act as pontoons to moor the tugs alongside and the outer pontoon of the marina

    The pilot disembarks onto the pilot launch. No tricky rope ladders to climb for this assignment. The pilot is the first of the two figures in black centere photograph

    Job done the pilot launch goes astern to clear the Stavros and then goes off to bring in the tanker I had been expecting.

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  2. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    It feels like it would be magic to sail the seas on that thing.
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