NJ Maritime Museum Presentation – April 14, 2023

Please join us on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 7 pm for the next of our monthly presentations at Buckalew’s. The program will be Captain Colleen Moran presenting the rich history and tradition of the Pilots’ Association for the Bay and River Delaware dating back to 1896; the history of state pilotage in the United States and the role of the State Pilot in US waters. State Pilots guide large ocean going vessels safely and efficiently into US ports around the country.  They use their in-depth local knowledge, ship handling expertise and informed independent judgement to guide vessels of all sizes and types into our country’s ports and harbors.

Capt. Colleen traces her love and appreciation of the sea back to her learning to sail a Toms River pram when 7 years old. She participated in sailing programs every year until age 16. Graduating from Washington College (Chestertown, MD) in 1993, she attended the Sea Education Association program out of Woods Hole, MA, and spent half the semester aboard the S/V Westward, a 125 foot staysail schooner.  Colleen sat for her first US Coast Guard license, and worked that summer as captain of the River Lady, a true paddle-wheeler on the Toms River.   She began applying to Pilots Associations that summer, and was taken apprentice by the Pilots’ Association for the Bay and River Delaware in October of 1994. Colleen served a 4 year apprenticeship with the Pilots and went full Pilot in November of 1998.

Complimentary hor doerves and happy hour drink prices are available starting at 6 pm, and the talk will begin at 7 pm, as is usual. Reservations are required, and a $10 donation will be collected at the door to offset our expenses. Active members will have until April 7th to reserve a seat for this presentation, after which date non-members may reserve any remaining seats. Please note – THIS PRESENTATION WILL FILL THE ROOM AND THERE WILL BE A WAITING LIST.

Reservations may be made by calling the museum at 609.492.0202 or by sending an e-mail to info@NJMM.org. If you make a reservation and find you can’t come, please call again to let us know so others can fill your seat. This is a courtesy to those on the waiting list and to Colleen.

I hope to see you there.

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