Pilot boat Hanakahi inbound to Pier 19, Honolulu Harbor. 18 July 2020.
Another awesome photo:
A rare sight. Four of the Hawaii Pilots Association’s pilot boats were gathered together in Honolulu Harbor, which provided a great photo op.
Do you ever leave the harbour to get on a vessel you will guide along without a ritual? Whatever we trust in, whatever the rituals or traditions you Marine Pilots have - when you board your pilot boats, climb the ladders, get the vessels through the harbour - keep them and cherish them, they are good and they are important.
Maritime pilots trace the roots of their profession back to the ancient Greeks and Romans when incoming ship captains employed experienced local fisherman to guide their merchant vessels safely into port. It’s a legacy of skill, strength, and sharp wits, and our Houston Pilots (“Pilots”) have been meeting vessels at Galveston’s bar to carry on these proud traditions for just shy of 100 years.