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Columbia River Pilot Boat Peacock Comes Ashore for Display

The Pilot Boat PEACOCK, that dutifully served the Columbia River Bar Pilots for more than 30 years, came ashore on October 7, 2010 to become part of the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

The Columbia River Bar is widely recognized as the most dangerous bar in the world. The PEACOCK made nearly 120,000 crossings of the bar ferrying Columbia River Bar Pilots to and from ships making the treacherous crossing. The 90-foot long PEACOCK revolutionized pilot boat service by piggy backing a 23-foot daughter boat on her stern that could service ships in the roughest of weather. The pilot boat will now be on display in Astoria, Oregon.

Columbia River Bar pilots continue to utilize state of the art pilot boats as part of their pilot service. However, Bar Pilots now utilize helicopters to take them to and from ships in all but the roughest of weather. Being a Columbia River Bar Pilot is the top of the shipping profession requiring great skill and knowledge and exposing the pilots to risk of injury or death. In 2007 Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC represented Columbia River Bar Pilot Kevin Murray, who lost his life while attempting to board a pilot boat after guiding a ship across the bar.

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