• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pilot-boat a boat used by pilots for meeting or leaving ships
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pilote—Dut. piloot, from peilen, to sound, loot (Ger. loth, Eng. lead), a sounding-lead.


In literature:

Two of the vessels were pilot-boats, which, of course, kept out of the battle.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
A boat is lowered from the side of the pilot boat, into which two sailors descend.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
The helm of the boat was again given to the old pilot, who had already so happily steered us through the dangers of the storm.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
Next day, at noon, I descried a small pilot-boat sailing inside the reef, with all the confidence of a perfect master of the channel.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
Towards evening a small boat came with five men, but no pilot.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
The day after starting a breeze sprang up, and an endeavour was made, by drawing in towards shore, to gain the beach for the pilot boat.
"Grace Darling" by Eva Hope
With a message from the Adelantado, the brave pilot made his way back to the boat.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The pilot deftly caught it, and hitched the end to the bow of his boat.
"Adventures in Many Lands" by Various
The pilot boat, dwelling-houses, boatshed, and all property of the Department is well looked after.
"Report on the Department of Ports and Harbours for the Year 1890-1891" by Department of Ports and Harbours
Several pilots came in one boat, and brought two newspapers.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood

In poetry:

Pilot boat, lighthouse,
Stiff green sea —
House-flag and number
Plain as can be —
"Portrait Of A Lady-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
Helplessly the boat was drifting,
Death was staring in each face,
When he grasped the fallen rudder,
Took the pilot's vacant place.
"Our Hero" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Had we some mystic boat with pearly oar
And wizard pilot,
To guide us safely by the siren shore And cloudy islet,
We might embark and reach that shining portal
Beyond which linger dreams and joys immortal.
"Sea Sunset" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Sons of the granite hills, awake!
Ye're on a mighty stream afloat,
With all your liberties at stake;—
A faithless pilot's on your boat!
And, while ye've lain asleep, ye're snagged Nor can ye cry for help,—YE'RE GAGGED!
"The Gag" by John Pierpont
But when we'd finished loading and sailing day came round,
With the pilot boat alongside and the mudhook off the ground,
And the towboat cast the hawser off and left us with a cheer,
Why, there'd be Bill a-growling as he'd done for twenty year.
"A Dog's Life" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Tug pilot gets year in deadly duck boat crash.
Annual launching event at Jamaica Pond in Boston, MA, USA by Boston Family Boat Building and the students of the Dennis Haley Pilot School.
A pilot boat assisted us to edge into a space between two huge cruise ships.
Mercury Marine says its Joystick Piloting for Outboards will work on boats with twin, triple or quad Mercury Verado 250- and 300-hp outboards.
William L Wortman of Spottsville was a salty old sailor — except for the fact that he spent decades piloting boats on the freshwater river systems of the Ohio and Mississippi.
Mercury will officially launch the joystick piloting system for outboards in February 2013 at the Miami Boat Show.
2 Palau police, US pilot vanish during boat search.
Get to know the Maryland 53 Pilot Boat and Hunt 52 Sedan Cruiser.
The new P-310 pilot boat developed by Response Marine is designed to meet the need for a small, fast pilot and transport boat with a low operating and start-up cost.
Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has begun construction of a new launch for the Charleston, S.C. Pilots, the first in a new line of rigid bottom, soft-sided pilot boats.
Kvichak Marine recently delivered the Georgia, a 75 x 21 ft. All-aluminum pilot boat, to the SPA, of Savannah, Georgia.
To date, the Georgia is the largest Camarc-designed and Kvichak-built pilot boat operating for US Pilot Associations.
Pearl Harbor survivor piloted small boat through carnage .
Oberto boat, piloted by Steve David, races in an Unlimited Hydroplane preliminary heat in the Air National Guard Hydroplane Series, Sunday, Aug 5, 2012, in Seattle.
They are 32-foot, six-person row boats used to ferry pilots , dignitaries and even contraband from ship to shore or back.