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gadgee



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Remember the days of the cruising pilot cutter? This is the Sunk Pilot off Harwich in 1971. The pilot is on his way out to my ship BRITISH SEAFARER - note the boarding boat is absent from port davits. Does anyone know when they stopped this method?
· Date: Wed, 27 July 05 · Views: 865
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andycadams
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Registered: August 2005
Location: Harwich UK
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Tue, 6 October 09 13:58

This is either Penlee or Pelorus. The system of rotation of pilot cutters from Dover to the Sunk ended in 1977 and Pathfinder was fitted out for long term cruising being relieved for refit in 1977-78 by the Lights Dept vessel Siren and by the Liverpool Cutter Arnet Robinson in 79-81. After '81 the cutter was withdrawn in the summer for a 3 week period for refit and fast launches were used to cover. On May 29 1986 Pathfinder came into Harwich for the last time and the service was taken over by a fleet of 5 fast launches.
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john w

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Tue, 12 January 10 14:03

GADGEE, I started on these in 73 and what happened was that there were three cutters, one on station for a week, and two back in Dover one of which went up to the Sunk on the Wed to relieve, the other staying in Dover for maintainance. These were the Pelorus (pictured i think) Penlee, and Pathfinder. In the end, around 74/75 one of the cutters was permanantly on station and they used to bus us up to harwich and take us out in the tender cutter Preceder. Shortly after Trinity House switched to fast launch out of Harwich, so it was roughly mid 75.
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Rafal Zahorski

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Sun, 11 July 10 19:29

Andy and John - it is Pelorus!!!

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barnsey

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Mon, 30 March 15 17:26

gadgee,

Full answer to your question regarding TH Pilot Cutter demise.

You recently posted a photo of a cruising pilot cutter and asked when that type of service ceased. I have just received "Light upon the Waters", a history of Trinity House, London by Andrew Adams and Richard Woodman. According to them the last pilot cutter "Pathfinder" left the "Sunk" pilot station off Harwich in May 1986.

The process was a gradual one starting with the Isle of Wight in the late 1950s.The next was at the Cork station about 6 miles off Felixstowe for vessels using the Shipway and not passing the Sunk. Then Folkestone replacing the Dungeness station and finally the Sunk. Most of the launches were 40 GRP. Nelson craft but the last Trinity House launch at Harwich was Patrol, developed from the RNLI Arun class lifeboat.

From Capt. David G. James OW .... a Sunk lad.

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