At our annual Hudson River Marine Trades Association Christmas dinner on December 13, 2016 there was an eye
opening individual present, who by pure circumstance gave a realistic, down to earth perspective of what it is like to be on the Hudson River seven days a week working with the Hudson River Pilots. His name is Captain Joe Thomas, owner of Sea Tow Mid-Hudson and he patrols the Hudson River from Newburgh to Troy.
Captain Thomas works closely with the Hudson River Pilots’ Association as operator of the pilot boat located at
Norrie State Park. This pilot launch, the Sen. John E. Flynn, is responsible for changing out ship pilots coming upriver from Yonkers or down river from one of the marine terminals.