In the old days when a ship approached a port they were met with a “Pilot Boat” that would speed along side and allow the pilot to come aboard and help the Captain enter the port without mishap. Tug boats were often called upon to manhandle the ships into tight docking situations. Of course, nowadays, a cruise ship can turn on a dime and the guidance systems fitted on all the cruise ships really make a pilot’s job a bit shaky at best.
The Laura K Moran was following us out of New York Harbour. It is a rare departure from any harbour where there isn’t a boat of some kind escorting the cruise ship to sea. I see it as a means of justifying the heavy fees levied on cruise ships the world over.
The Laura K was a pretty clean machine.