One more posting for fun

May 4, 2010

My third “just for fun” post – thanks for indulging me.

This is a video vignette of a Columbia River Bar Pilot boat transferring a pilot from Holland America Line’s MS Zaandam to their boat.

To put size in context, the seas were about five feet (shortly thereafter we were into 30′ + swells off of the port bow) and the pilot boat is 73′ long.

These pilots earn the respect of mariners everywhere.  They go out to guide ships in and out of the Columbia River regardless of how inclement the weather.  Given the seriousness of their jobs, we appreciated the little “dance” the skipper did after the transfer.


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