Tuesday, January 31, 2012

photos - family vacation - part 14

The red/blue color fin is a distinctive mark for a carnival cruise line ship.
American port union have a law requiring union pilots to lead the cruise ships both into and out of port. The pilot boards at the dock and once the ship passes the last buoy guide marker the regular captain of the ship takes the wheel. The pilot boat needs to pick up the union pilot.
There were quite a few people interested in this pilot boat.
The ship started getting closer and closer to the side of the ship's hull.
Shortly after this photo was taken the pilot boat got even closer to the hull and we couldn't see the pilot boat anymore until he pulled away. There is an exit door in the hull of the ship that the pilot accesses to get out and aboard the pilot boat.

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