Marine railways are used to move boats in and out of water. They consist of a cradle that rides on steel rails. This winch was used to move the cradle and was probably built in the late 19th century. It remained in use until the 1980's
A Pilot Boat crashes through waves. Pilot boats are used to ferry pilots that steer ships in and out of ports. The pilot has to jump from the boat to the ship when the ship is in motion. Ports require that a local pilot bring ships into port for safety reasons as the pilots are more familiar with local waters.
The lighthouse was added to Egmont Key in 1848 but was replaced in 1858 after several hurricanes damaged the original structure. The top of the lighthouse was removed in 1944 the top of the house was removed to install a new beacon. The lighthouse was manned until 1989. At the time the lighthouse was the last remaining manned lighthouse in Florida. The channel that passes the island is the main shipping route in and out of Tampa Bay on Florida’s west coast.
The booms of the Seminole Trader rise high above the ship and water. The boat is anchored in the Placida Fishing Village on the west coast of Florida near Boca Grande. The tiny village offers a taste of old Florida and fresh seafood.
Maritime law requires all cruise ships conduct lifeboat drills each cruise. Cruisers are required to report to their muster stations for a brief presentation. While times have changed enough that passengers are no longer required to don life jackets, the drill is serious enough that no food or drinks are allowed.
Taken in Sint Marteen in the Caribbean, this photo has been antiqued to give the feel of old sailing ships and the dangers they faced when close to shore. Because of the process there is substantial grain in the photo, a desired effect.