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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.