Iceland Cruise March 2018 – It ‘s nearly the end of our cruise, just a couple more posts to go – After we had left Kirkwall, Orkney, I was waiting on deck to take photos of a lighthouse I had seen in the distance, when I suddenly noticed the Kirkwall Bay Pilot Vessel coming along side of the ship. The vessel had left harbour to follow us, so they could pick up the pilot after he had navigated us out into open water. Such a little boat against the size of the cruise ship. It took quite a while before they found a gap in the rough seas, so that the pilot could jump off the cruise ship. I just kept taking photos and hoped a big wave didn’t cover them. I was just amazed at what I was watching, and in the end I got my photo, but I did find it incredible that’s how they leave the ship. I had never thought about it before, and this had happened every time we had left port, although the sea had not been so rough before. Great photos for my Occupation Category – Kirkwall Bay Pilot Vessel & Maritime Pilot.
A maritime pilot, also known as a marine pilot, harbor pilot or bar pilot and sometimes simply called a pilot, is a sailor who maneuvers ships through dangerous or congested waters, such as harbors or river mouths.