Pilot boats on the move: 12 striking colour photographs
The sight of a beautiful pilot boat sprinting and whipping up giant spumes could give one an adrenalin rush. It might even make young men and women want to become pilots. The exhilaration and thrill, however, cannot mask the cold reality: pilotage is hard work, and those who have chosen it as a career face constant danger.
The following are some of the most striking pictures of pilot boats that I have come across. Click on each one for a larger view.
“You know, our life is arduous, responsible, and hazardous. People on shore, I am sorry to say, very seldom recognise this. Not seeing us piloting ships through the streets of London, they think all we have to do is to get our orders, and come on shore to cash them.”
— Thomas Roads, as quoted in Pilots by Alfred T. Story, The Strand Magazine (1894)
~ Barista Uno