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Book signing: Captain Paul Lobo

July 27, 2019


Captain Paul Lobo will be signing Crossing the Bar: The Adventures of a San Francisco Bay Bar Pilot on Saturday, July 27 from 2 to 5 p.m., in the main store.

There is nothing placid about San Francisco Bay and its approaches. Its raucous waters have hosted brutal storms, daring rescues, horrendous accidents, and countless hours of drama and tension. Captain Paul Lobo knows that better than most people. As a federally and state licensed ship pilot of unlimited tonnage for those treacherous waters, Captain Lobo piloted nearly 6,500 ships in a thirty-one year career—everything from mega-yachts, to the USS Enterprise, to TV’s Love Boat. Each trip tells its own story. Captain Lobo shares many gripping sea stories, all true, all well told.

Reading Crossing the Bar is like being on a rolling bridge with Captain Lobo. Here are tragic deaths, lives saved, inspiring rescues, devastating storms, along with the infamous, horrendous oil spill after the Cosco Busan rammed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in fog. This mess resulted in the first known imprisonment of a maritime pilot for making an error.

Readers will also find a December sea rescue Captain Lobo was involved in. During a winter storm, with hurricane strength winds, and monstrous seas Captain Lobo, two other pilots and the crew of the Pilot Vessel California saved a research ship from foundering on California’s Marin County rocky coast. Without them all hands would have been lost. A recommended read for mariners and armchair mariners alike.