About the Massachusetts Pilot Commissioners
As required by Massachusetts General Law Part I, Title XV, Chapter 103, Section 2, there shall be two commissioners of pilots for District One and one deputy commissioner of pilots for each of the other three districts.
On or before December first in any year when their terms of office expire, their successors shall be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the council, for terms of three years.
A deputy commissioner of pilots for any district shall be a resident of a town having a landing place accessible to vessels from the sea situated within that district. In this chapter, the word ''commissioners'' shall be held to mean, as to district one, the commissioners of pilots for said district and, as to each other district mentioned in section one, the deputy commissioner of pilots for such district.
They shall have experience in maritime and nautical affairs. Appointments of commissioners for district one shall be made upon the recommendation of the trustees of the Boston Marine Society provided such recommendation is made. Appointments of commissioners for districts other than district one may be made upon the recommendation of said trustees. No commissioner for any district shall be such a trustee.
Captain William H. Chambers
Captain David E. Cox
Mr. Frank Elliot
Captain Thomas L. Bushy
Mr. Leonard Ariagno
As required by Massachusetts General Law Part I, Title XV, Chapter 103, Section 1, the Commonwealth coastline is divided into four pilotage districts as follows:
District 1 - shall be the harbor of Boston and shall include all places or landings accessible to vessels from the sea within the limits of Egg Rock, now or formerly known as Nahant Rock or Nahant Head, on the North, and Point Allerton on the South.
District 2 - shall include all landing places accessible to vessels from the sea situated between the New Hampshire state line on the North and Egg Rock on the South, including rivers, bays and sounds adjacent thereto.
District 3 - shall include all landing places accessible to vessels from the sea situated between Point Allerton on the north and the Rhode Island state line on the West, with all such landing places on the Elizabeth Islands and in the counties of Nantucket and Dukes, including rivers, bays and sounds adjacent thereto, and the Cape Cod Canal.
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District 4 - shall include all landing places on Mount Hope bay and the Taunton River situated within the commonwealth.