The Lewes Historical Society Speaker Series will continue with speaker Stuart Griffin with a discussion of “Piloting on the Delaware" at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, 101 Adams Ave., Lewes.
Admission is free, and no reservations are required.
Delaware River & Bay pilots are trained and experienced mariners responsible for the safe navigation of commercial vessels on the Delaware River & Bay and its tributaries, the Schuylkill & Salem Rivers and the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, from the Atlantic Ocean to the head of navigation in Trenton, New Jersey.
Pilots typically have extensive maritime backgrounds and train for three or four years under the guidance of experienced pilots prior to being issued their state and federal licenses. After completing their initial training, pilots undergo regular continuing education, including bridge resource management and emergency shiphandling and navigation technology.
Griffin will focus on the present conditions of piloting, and archives from the Lewes History Museum will be available for viewing and discussion.
A chairman of the Mariners’ Advisory Committee for the Bay and River Delaware, Griffin formerly sailed as U.S. Merchant Marine Deck Officer until he completed apprenticeship and became a member of the Pilots’ Association for the Bay and River Delaware. Griffin lives in Lewes.
In 2012, the museum produced a regional short film about Lewes available to view at youtu.be/C-taEjcWnwg.
For more, call 645-7670 or visit bit.ly/riverpilot.