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Port Phillip Sea Pilots are excited to welcome “PV Petrel III” to its fleet of purpose built, highly efficient Pilot Vessels that service the Port of Melbourne, Western Port and Geelong. Safety of our pilots in...

STEADY AS SHE GOES, The Mavis III is lowered on to her new home inside the Queenscliss Maritime Museum grounds. A new Mavis has arrived in Queenscliff and she's set to turn people's heads - all...

Farewell to PV Mavis III, built in 1994, she serviced Port Phillip Bay and Heads for 26 years. Mavis was one of the last Pilot Vessels to be built in house at Queenscliff by past...

PORT Phillip Sea Pilots this week placed an order for a new $1.5 million pilot launch with Chivers Marine in Western Australia. PPSP’s managing director Captain Charles Griffiths said: “The vessel is similar in appearance to...

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...

    After passing 8000 ships through Port Phillip heads Captain Clifford Wilford Palmer looks more distrustfully at the Rip than when he first crossed it. Senior pilot at the Port Phillip Sea Pilot Service Captain Palmer, who...

Taking the Pilot, July 27, 1881, wood engraving. State Library of Victoria, image No: mp004608 Boarding an incoming ship outside the Heads was, and still is, perhaps the most dangerous part of a sea pilot’s life. ...

Wreck of the pilot boat Rip. “She was standing out through the broken water at the entrance to Port Phillip Heads, heavy seas continually breaking on board, when, in attempting to wear, she was struck...