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Falmouth honours retiring maritime pilot after 35 years of service
11:20am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
Retired maritime pilot David Barnicoat was honoured by Falmouth’s mayor on Monday night and took the opportunity to stress the importance of dredging to the future of the port.
David retired from his job as senior pilot last week after 35 years and was invited to a meeting of Falmouth Town Council where he was presented with a town plaque by mayor, Geoffrey Evans.
He told councillors: “Falmouth is at an important crossroads. Without the dredging, Falmouth as a port will die very slowly so let’s hope everybody supports the dredging.
“The town will prosper if we get the dredging.
“If you think that Falmouth can survive on tourists, pasties and saffron buns then you are very much mistaken.”
On a lighter note, David said the town plaque would be displayed at his home between the ships’ plaques of HMS Cornwall and HMS Falmouth.
He said: “It has been a very great privilege to be a pilot for nearly 35 years in my home port.
“I piloted just under 14,000 ships in that time. I have had a marvellous career.”
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