The pilot boat leaving the side of a small Tokyo Marine freighter, having returned control of the ship to its captain and allowing it to proceed down the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Pacific Ocean. As it is everywhere,local pilots guide ships out of ports until they can safely proceed on their own.
This ship was passing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, at the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
In the background are the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA.

Taken Feb. 5, 2010
Fuji S100FS, lens at approximately 350 mm.


  • Craig Blanchard
    Craig Blanchardover 4 years ago

    Excellent George!

  • Hi Craig, and many thanks..glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    fantastic George, the blues are stunning, even to the mountains

  • You’re very kind Vickie, and I certainly appreciate your comments. I love ships, the ocean and the mountains and this is one of the places where I can sometimes be in the right place at the right!

    – George Cousins

  • Tori Snow
    Tori Snowover 4 years ago

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    What a mervellous scene, George. Lovely colours and those mountains – magnificent!

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsover 4 years ago

    You’re very kind, Mike, and much appreciated! Wish I was a bit closer to the Strait, I could get some more ship pictures. I want to do a calendar of “working ships” to go with the one about liners. It’s about an hour drive one way and never know if anything will be going by. The cruise liners have a schedule, but not the commercial guys :)

  • Phil Woodman
    Phil Woodmanover 4 years ago

    nice shot George.

  • Many thanks Phil, another case of good luck (right place at the right time) !

    – George Cousins

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