Pilot (boat)

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United States
Builder: Manuel Goularte
Launched: 1914
Status: Sea-going museum ship
General characteristics
Type: Pilot boat
Tonnage: 19 GT
Length: 52 ft (16 m)
Installed power: Diesel
Speed: 8–10 knots (15–19 km/h; 9.2–11.5 mph)
Pilot (Pilot Boat),
Pilot (boat) is located in California
Pilot (boat)
Location Maritime Museum of San Diego
1492 N Harbor Dr.
San Diego
NRHP reference # 10001160

Pilot is a pilot boat and museum ship in San Diego, California. She was launched in 1914 in San Diego, built in the local boatyard of Manuel Goularte. She is a 52-foot wooden diesel powered vessel. She was the first powered pilot boat in San Diego.[1] She served as the official pilot boat of San Diego Bay for 82 years, with no more than three consecutive days of downtime.

During World War II, the Coast Guard used her as a pilot boat and patrol boat. She received six six-month service chevrons.

She was donated to the Maritime Museum of San Diego in 1996 and underwent restoration. Pilot now hosts educational tours of San Diego Bay, and sometimes accompanies other historic vessels (most notably, Star of India) into and out of the Bay.[2]


  1. ^ Baldwin, Scott (10 December 2009). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (draft)" (pdf). National Park Service. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "SD Harbor Pilot". San Diego Maritime Museum. Retrieved 23 March 2013.