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Pilots were experienced seamen with extensive knowledge of winds, tides and navigational hazards in particular rivers, bays, coastal waters and sometimes the open ocean.

Pilots were given control over the direction of a ship’s course when it entered these waters.

The regulations with regard to the use of pilots by the Royal Navy in Cook’s day are quoted at length by William Falconer in the article delaing with pilots his Dictionary of the Marine.

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  • Falconer, William, Online edition of William Falconer's Universal Dictionary of the Marine, or, a Copious Explanation of the Technical Terms and Phrases employed in the Construction, ...of a Ship...derived from the text of the London 1780 edition published by Thomas Cadell, 2004 edn, South Seas, http://southseas.nla.gov.au/refs/falc/contents.html. [ Details ]

Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields. Prepared by: Turnbull, P
Created: 4 October 2001
Modified: 6 March 2004

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000017

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