Our nation’s oldest active pilot boat is back in action on San Diego Bay!
Pilot belongs to the Maritime Museum of San Diego and provides harbor tours. For about half a year Pilot has been out of service. Until several days ago.
Its engine has been completely replaced. Newly painted, the historically important boat is again providing tours!
Like all members of the museum, I get a couple of free tickets for the Pilot every year. I took advantage of the opportunity today!
This might be my favorite harbor tour. Not only is the pilot boat a lot of fun to ride on a sunny day, but Kiki, the usual tour guide, is the best! She’s super knowledgeable and funny and quickly has everyone smiling.
Read about Pilot and its history by clicking here. You’ll learn how it was launched in 1914 and was in regular service, helping large ships to safely enter and leave San Diego Bay, until 1996.
History buffs will be interested to learn that Pilot was built at a location not far from the present museum. It was also used by the military during World War II to serve as a patrol boat.
I took a few photos during our pleasant tour of the bay…
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