A PILOT boat which was first put into action for the Port of Portland in 1973 will next week find a new home in Adelaide.
Built the same year it was put in service by the port, the Lewis was involved in 23,000 pilot transfers and moved 2.5 million tonnes of dredge spoil from when the harbour needed to be dredged.
Port of Portland Master Bill Fellows said the Lewis was also responsible for the retrieval of numerous sick and even deceased seafarers and numerous rescues at sea.
“She was used for rescues before the Coast Guard existed,” Mr Fellows said.
In the mid 2000s the pilot boat was put out of service by the Port of Portland and was replaced by more modern vessels.
Read the full story in Friday’s Portland Observer.