...talking of pilots

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...talking of pilots

Postby Keelman » Thu Jul 16, 2020 3:35 pm

Pilot .jpg
..this one has just boarded a vessel off the piers. Have a go at identifying her!
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Re: ...talking of pilots

Postby Tynesider » Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:37 pm

The old DFS mail boat to Newcastle :) :)
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Re: ...talking of pilots

Postby Keelman » Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:59 pm

SHEAF WEAR
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Re: ...talking of pilots

Postby magoonigal » Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:07 pm

Did the Pilot's Coat have some sort of early built in Buoyancy Aid. Something rings a distant bell....... :?
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Re: ...talking of pilots

Postby creemaster » Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:30 pm

Yes - the arms to help tread water!!
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Re: ...talking of pilots

Postby Tynesider » Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:58 pm

I think sadly if the pilot fall between the pilot boat and the ships boarding ladder neither a life jacket or a buoyancy aid is going to save him as don't forget both will be doing 6 knots (TP standard boarding speed)
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Re: ...talking of pilots

Postby magoonigal » Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:35 pm

I can think of one Blyth Pilot who lost his life whilst trying to board a vessel, but fortunatly these occurences are few in number considering the dangers of the job. In 1907 there were 23 Pilots working from Blyth. The youngest was 39 and the majority were between 47 and 60 with the oldest, John Redford being 76.
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Re: ...talking of pilots

Postby Davenz » Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:18 pm

The first pilot coat I was issued with (in 1983) was black - ideal colour for spotting someone in the water, especially at night - and inflation was via a tube which you had to blow into to inflate the coat. If you were unfortunate enough to come off the ladder, probably hitting the pilot boat in passing, you then had to remain conscious long enough to pull down the zip, pull out the tube, blow frantically in to it, seal the top, tuck it away, do up the zip again and then pray for rescue. Fortunately pilot jackets have improved somewhat over the years.
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Re: ...talking of pilots

Postby creemaster » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:50 pm

Paul
That would be Capt. Campbell who was killed 1979 ish
Occasionally see his widow who must sin her 90s now
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Re: ...talking of pilots

Postby magoonigal » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:17 pm

Cool. I knew I had seen something about Pilots Coats. Ta..
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