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Harbor pilots add another to ranks
Fishing has been Trevor Holland's leisure activity since age 6.

At 13, he worked as a mate on fishing boats and at 18 became a licensed captain.

During the summertime in his high school years, he fished around the Bahamas, Costa Rica and other Caribbean islands.

So it came as no surprise to those who know him that he turned down a chance to go to medical school for an opportunity to become a Brunswick harbor pilot.

Holland, a resident of St. Simons Island, was inducted as an apprentice Friday during at a ceremony at the Georgia Ports Authority building during a meeting of the Harbor Pilot Commission.

Harbor pilots bring in and take out the cargo ships that call on the Port of Brunswick.

"I just didn't want to be looking down peoples' mouths the rest of my life," Holland said. "The water is my passion."

The 28-year-old will be an apprentice for a minimum of three years before qualifying to be a fully licensed pilot.

There hasn't been a new apprentice simply because no one ever applied, a pilot commission official said.

"I was worried for some time because we didn't get any applicants, and then we got a lot of good applicants," said Capt. Larry Credle, chair of the pilot selection subcommittee. "I think we got the best candidate for our port."

The selection process was based on educational background, ability to handle boats, experience navigating in Brunswick waters and navigating in international waters.

During the induction ceremony, tears of pride rolled down his mother's cheeks as she watched him receive his certificate.

"My parents wanted me to be happy," Holland said. "Whatever I wanted to do, they were behind me 100 percent."

* Reporter Martin Rand covers local news. Contact him at mrand@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook, or at 265-8320, ext. 324.



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