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Bay Area Bar Pilots Christen New Pilot Boat

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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council
    Bay Area Bar Pilots Christen New Pilot Boat http://www.pmmonlinenews.com/2010/02/bay-area-bar-pilots-christen-new-pilot.html Thursday, February 18, 2010 The
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 19, 2010
       
      Thursday, February 18, 2010
       
      The newest addition to the San Francisco bar pilot fleet is the 104-foot-long pilot boat Drake.

      The vessel was officially christened Wednesday by San Francisco Port Director Monique Moyer during a ceremony at the San Francisco waterfront.

      Named for famed English mariner Sir Francis Drake, the new vessel will soon join two other pilot boats shuttling local bar pilots to and from ocean-going vessels as they arrive and depart the harbor. The bar pilots, members of the Bar Pilots Association, climb aboard the ocean-going vessels at sea or ride with the vessels to sea – all the while providing local navigation assistance to the vessels' crews during the transits.

      The Drake and her two sister pilot boats will rotate holding station about 11 miles outside of Golden Gate, each spending four days and nights on duty. Up to eight pilots at a time live aboard the vessels while at station, riding in with the ocean-going vessels entering San Francisco Bay and returning to the pilot boat aboard vessels departing. The Drake features accommodations for up to eight pilots and four crew members, is powered by two 1,100-horsepower engines and operates a fully equipped galley to service the crew 24 hours a day.

      Last year, the Bay Area pilots made 4,500 pilot-to-vessel transfers, according to the Bar Pilot Association.

      The California Legislature established the Bay Area bar pilots in 1850 and they are overseen by the quasi-governmental Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun
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      Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco
      Monique Moyer

      Monique Moyer is the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco, appointed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in April 2004. She is the second woman to serve as Executive Director in the Port's 146-year history.

      Prior to joining the Port of San Francisco, Ms. Moyer served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Finance & Business Affairs, for the City & County of San Francisco.  Ms. Moyer was appointed to manage the department by then-Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. in February 1997. 

      Ms. Moyer sits on the executive boards of the California Association of Port Authorities, the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District, the Government Finance Officer's Association, the Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition and the Emerald Bowl. 

      Ms. Moyer is the recipient of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 2002 Public Managerial Leadership Award.  In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, Ms. Moyer has been named as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Public Service by the San Francisco Business Times.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Grinnell College, Iowa.

    • capt.ob@comcast.net
      Dear Phelps, When I started to go to sea, the pilot boat on station was the Gracie S. a sailing schooner....the pilots were shuttled to the ships via small
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 19, 2010
        Dear Phelps,
        When I started to go to sea, the pilot boat on station was the Gracie S. a sailing schooner....the pilots were shuttled to the ships via small motor launches known as yawls....During these years...(early 50's) I sailed aboard the Wanderer with Sterling Hayden....I am one of only four members of the Masters, Mates & Pilots who has a Coast Guard License for "Sail upon Oceans".....Captain K.C. O'Brien

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