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The Pilots of Port Phillip Bay

The treacherous waters at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay are amongst the most dangerous in the world, and more than 700 vessels have met their end at the entrance and within the bay. Since 1839, it has been the responsibility of the Port Phillip Sea Pilots to steer ships safely through the labyrinth of rips, reefs and unpredictable tidal currents as they enter and leave the bay.

By Matthew Stirling

 

 

 

Wreck of the pilot boat Rip, July 1873

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