Whenever a large freighter passes through the waters around Southern Vancouver Island, an experienced and certified local Pilot must be brought on board to guide the big ships through some of the tricky narrow channels. This cool little boat races out to meet up with the big ships and pull right up along their sides as they're moving. Then the Pilot will climb up on a little ladder and board the ship. If the big ship is going the other way, the little boat brings the returning Pilot home. This happens many times a day, so this little boat is kept busy!