Charleston is home to the eighth largest container trade in the country. The Charleston branch pilots provide services to all vessels engaged in domestic and foreign trade entering and leaving Charleston harbor. The pilots handle vessels calling on Charleston’s five Ports Authority Terminals: 7 private cargo terminals, 2 shipyards, 2 Federal Government facilities, and 3 marinas. State law requires a pilot on all foreign and US vessels with a draft greater than 11 feet. Pilots board via rope ladder approximately 15 miles offshore and give orders to steer the vessel through the harbor to its appropriate berth. They board departing vessels to provide the same service in reverse. This is a highly dangerous and specialized job. You’ll meet some of the men in this select group (though there is one woman applicant this year), watch a power-point presentation, and tour the Harbor Pilot building. This trip—one of our best— is a favorite with Seabrookers, and we are pleased to run it again.