The Sea Bear Pilot Tug makes its way back through the Duluth Ship Canal after dropping the Harbor Pilot off at the Beatrix Cargo Ship just off shore on Lake Superior. Seen between the Beatrix and the Sea Bear Tug boat is the Duluth South Breakwater Outer Light.
Harbor Pilots are normally former ship captains, they are highly experienced ship handlers that possess detailed knowledge of a particular waterway. The harbor pilot is a navigational expert for the port of call. It is necessary for him to be on board the ship when it come into harbor.
The Sea Bear was built in 1959 in Massachusetts for use as a pilot boat in New York. She came to the Twin Ports in September, 2002. She was built for heavy duty and hazardous work with features such as a high bulwark for ocean seas, double spray rails, heavy-duty fendering and reinforced framing for ice breaking. Special pilot safety items such as the towable “Lifesling” recovery system, pilot over board hoist gear, area flood lighting, DSC / GPS distress electronics, pilot harness anchor clips and non-icing heated decks, all make the pilot’s hazardous job safer.
Copyright 2018 Susan Rissi Tregoning
September 5th, 2018
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