Divided between our rubber and such topics as these, we were running (as we thought) into Halifax Harbour, on the fifteenth night, with little wind and a bright moon - indeed, we had made the Light at its outer entrance, and put the pilot in
charge - when suddenly the ship struck upon a bank of mud.
And here Bildad, who, with Peleg, be it known, in addition to his other offices, was one of the licensed pilots of the port --he being suspected to have got himself made a pilot in
order to save the Nantucket pilot-fee to all the ships he was concerned in, for he never piloted any other craft --Bildad, I say, might now be seen actively engaged in looking over the bows for the approaching anchor, and at intervals singing what seemed a dismal stave of psalmody, to cheer the hands at the windlass, who roared forth some sort of a chorus about the girls in Booble Alley, with hearty good will.
His love of flying led him to a career with Northeast Airlines and Delta Airlines, eventually becoming Assistant Chief Pilot in
The three have apparently been held under highly questionable charges that the father, who had been a pilot in
Syria, is somehow involved in terrorist activities.
We have observed the results of the lanelogic pilot in
Texas/OK and the results are encouraging.