TITANIC Remembered


The centenary of the Titanic disaster was marked by the inevitable plethora of books, TV programs, memorabilia and even smartphone “apps”! Read the rest of this entry »

PIlotage Stamps: Bermuda



Retired Harwich pilot Martin Dicks was recently on holiday in Bermuda and whilst in the local Post Office was pleasantly surprised to discover that last May, Bermuda had issued a set of stamps celebrating Bermuda pilotage. Read the rest of this entry »

Pilots & Ship Owners


Whilst digging through his archives, Harry Hignett came across these old sketches from the 19th Century. The following is an extract from the History of theUKPA that Harry is currently re-writing which suggests that the illustrations aren’t actually that far from the truth: Read the rest of this entry »

Victoria Drummond Award

Nautilus Chairman, Ulrich Jurgens, congratulates Admiralty pilot, Rachel Dunn, on her receipt of the Victoria Drummond award.

Photo: Nautilus

Rachel Dunn, wife of Southampton pilot, Neil Dunn, received the Nautilus  Victoria Drummond Award presented by Sir Alan Massey at the 1st Nautilus International Conference. Read the rest of this entry »

All In a Pilot’s Days Work!

Rotterdam pilot Paul Borsbroom took these photographs whilst piloting the  NAFTOBULK VII into the Heuvelman facilities in Gravendeel assisted by the tugs SIRIUS and EN AVANT 4. Now, where did the book say the pivot point should be?








A roman UK Pilot

Sometime prior to the establishment of the UKPA, in fact around 140 AD, a member of the Roman army of occupation army died near York. Read the rest of this entry »

EMPA football tournament 2010

(back row left to right) Jo Looj (cheerleader),Charlie Bull(London),Matt Easton (Liverpool), Terry Crowe (Ex-Liverpool & Cheerleader), Peter Flanagan (London),Willie Terry (Forth),Kevin Walsh (Liverpool & Captain), Stefan Looj (Liverpool),Simon Wood (Liverpool)

(front row left to right) Andy Bissaker (Liverpool), David Roberts (Liverpool),Michele Pulizzi (London),Giorgio Pirolami (London), Kenneth Macinnes (Forth),Steve  Swanick (Manchester),Steve Blake (Tees) and one missing camera shy Zane Joachim (Tees).

Ten teams attended the 46th annual European Pilots’ football tournament which was held at the Yuri Gagarin sports field in Le Havre on May 14 last year. Read the rest of this entry »

On Top of the World


Last November, Liverpool pilot Andy Bissaker made the trek to the mount Everest base camp for charity and the following is his account of the adventure.

After a successful ascent of Jbel Toubkal in Morocco in 2009, I decided that it was time to ask the family for a “high altitude shore pass” for last November. Read the rest of this entry »


Retired Fowey pilot, Sam Guy, sent me this delightful photo of his dog “Chinks” (named after the rocks off the Scillies) keeping a sharp lookout whilst at anchor during “beer o’clock”! However, Sam still continues to keep his hand in professionally  and sent the following report: Read the rest of this entry »

Queen of the May

This photograph of the Tyne pilot cutter “Queen of the May” was sent to me by Bill Young who discovered it whilst sorting out some family documents. Read the rest of this entry »

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