Meet the Pilot

San Diego Bay

She is loyal, a selfless leader, and an engaging teacher.

The Pilot boat was launched on August 7, 1914 from Goularte Boatworks, San Diego.  She is a San Diego native and has filled a variety of roles over her lifetime.

In 1943 she was drafted into the US Coast Guard.  Between 1943 and 1945 Pilot brought 10 fleet carriers, 70 light or escort carriers, 5 battleships, 10 heavy cruisers, and 10 light cruisers into and out of the bay.

In 1996 Pilot was taken out of service (having received six chevrons, one for each six months’ active service) and was accepted as a donation to the Maritime Museum of San Diego in 1998.

Between 1998 and 2002 she underwent restoration and was relaunched in 2002.

She is the oldest wooden pilot boat in the country and today is used to teach about navigation, cartography, magnetism, and the history of San Diego Bay’s economy and ecology.  Pilot also gives daily 45 minute bay tours and can be chartered for private events.

Come on down to the museum for a bay tour and see her for yourself.  It’s only $3 after admission!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

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