Pilots get new launch

The Port Phillip Sea Pilots yesterday took delivery of their newest launch, the 40-foot (13-metre) Ranger.

Ranger will be the third launch of its type to be commissioned by the pilots and will join the Hawk II and Alvina.

Ranger, built and fitted in England, arrived yesterday on the Danish roll-on, roll-off freighter, La Landia.

The secretary of the Port Phillip Sea Pilots (Captain C. S. Randall) said the name “Ranger” was chosen to commemorate an earlier pilot vessel, a 46-ton cruising cutter used by the service in the 1840s.