On Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m. the Sail, Power and Steam Museum will present A Pilot’s Life as told by Capt. Eugene Reil. Capt. Reil, who has more than 40 years of piloting in and out of one of the busiest harbors in the world, will explain with a photo presentation the responsibility and danger of working shipping in extremely tight places.

The amount of large commercial traffic in and out of New York Harbor is staggering: more than 12,500 commercial transits a year. That means the Sandy Hook pilots, with their fleet of 12 pilot boats based on Staten Island, handle more than 35 ship movements a day. These ships range from small coastal freighters to the biggest ships in the world – supertankers and container ships more than 1,000 feet long. The pilot takes on the responsibility of guiding such ships safely to harbor.

The talk is free, donations always welcome.

Sharp’s Point South and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum are at 75 Mechanic St. in Rockland. For more information on the Sail, Power and Steam Museum and its programs, 594-0200, ssmuseum@midcoast.com or visit the website at sailpowerandsteammuseum.org.