Ships, Ports, and Pilots

A History of the Piloting Profession

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About the Book

References to pilots by the ancients in classical writing were commendatory and admiring, and pilots are mentioned several times in the Bible. It is very likely that professional pilots were guiding ships as early as 3000 years B.C.
Piloting is guiding seacraft in and out of seaports, avoiding the dangers of sandbars, ridges, underwater rocks, etc. This definitive history traces the important profession through the centuries, with special attention to maritime law.

About the Author(s)

The late Roger Clancy of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, had many years’ experience as a federally licensed captain of deep-sea sport fishing.

Bibliographic Details

Roger Clancy
Format: softcover (5.5 x 8.5)
Pages: 223
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2012 [1984]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7380-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword      vii

1. The Needs and the Origins      1

2. Rhodes      4

3. Oleron      9

4. The High and Mighty Pilots      14

5. Transition      19

6. Britannia      23

7. Wisby and the Laws      29

8. The Hanseatic League and More Ship Laws      34

9. The French and Their Pilots      37

10. Early American      43

11. After the Mayflower      47

12. The Virginians      50

13. More of Chesapeake Bay      54

14. After the Revolution      57

15. Pilot Licensing in America      60

16. Trends in Compulsory Pilotage      65

17. Tugboats and a Tug-of-war      69

18. The American Pilots’ Association      72

19. The War Goes On      79

20. Accidents and Eloquence      83

21. More of Stephen M. Sparkman      88

22. Pilots as Gate Keepers      92

23. The Fading Fight      96

24. The Conflict Comes to an End      101

25. Pilots in the First World War      105

26. American Pilots Go to War Again      110

27. The Pilots and the U. S. Coast Guard      115

28. Semper Paratus      121

29. Another Postwar Period      127

30. A System Tailored for the Great Lakes      131

31. Back to Sandy Hook      137

32. The Making of a Pilot      142

33. The Apprenticeship Programs      146

34. A Time for Learning      149

35. The Measure of Compensation      155

36. Back to Boston      158

37. The Boston Marine Society      161

38. A Long Line of Schooners      165

39. The “Canoes” and the “Yawls”      170

40. A Pilotage Headquarters      176

41. Pilots and Pirates      183

42. The River Pilots      190

43. Epitome      197

44. he Busy-Body Meddlers      202

45. Business as Usual      208

Index      213