CAPE FEAR PILOT  II

Painted by local artist Dale Mercer

LOA - 52'   •   Beam - 17'   •   Draft - 4'8"

Builder: Gladding-Hearn Ship Building • Sommerset, MA

Pilot Service: 2001 - Present

USCG Station Oak Island: New 10,740 sq. ft. multi-purpose/mission facility rebuilt and rededicated in 2004

First mug in a series of nine

First coffee mug in a series of seven

CFPILOT I '86 - '20 mug #2 2014.JPG

CAPE FEAR PILOT I

Painted by local artist Robert Potter

LOA - 44'  •  Beam - 12'  •  Draft - 4'

Builder: HALMATIC Ltd. • Southampton England, UK

Pilot Service: 1986 - 2020

Cape Fear Bar Entrance Range Lights: Nearly 109 years separated the use of Fort Caswell as a platform for bar ranges. Dec. 17, 2002 this set was lit/put into service. A prominent feature of the Cape Fear River entrance, the rear stands 101' high.

Second mug in a series of nine

CAPE FEAR PILOT III

Painted by local artist Robert Potter

LOA - 49'  •  Beam - 14'  •  Draft - 6'

Builder: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding • Somerset, MA

Pilot Service: 1974 - 2001

Cape Fear Pilot Tower: Original construction 1944-46  •  87 ft

Reconstructed 1999  •  50 ft

Third mug in a series of nine

First coffee mug in a series of seven

CAPE FEAR PILOT II

Painted by local artist Robert Potter

LOA - 49'  •  Beam - 13'  •  Draft - 6.5'

Builder: Putnam Boat Builders • Palatka, FL

Pilot Service: 1979 - 1987

Atlantic Queen: Menhaden vessel with her net in the rigging, bails a set of fish near the Cape Fear River entrance channel. Menhaden operations in Southport ceased in the fall of 1983.

Fourth mug in a series of nine

CAPE FEAR PILOT II

Painted by local artist Robert Potter

LOA - 55' 

Builder: Tiliakos Boat Works • Fernandina, FL

Pilot Service: 1960 - 1979

Frying Pan Lightship: Southport berth 1972 - 1981

Pilot Tower: Lower story administration office added in 1976

Fifth mug in a series of nine

The history of the Cape Fear Pilot Boats have been beautifully depicted in the art of local artists Dale Mercer and Robert Potter. The background scenery is historically correct for each boat's time of service. 

Hover over an image to learn about the scene.

The following pieces of art have been made into a series of collectable coffee mugs.

The collection will consist of a total of nine mugs depicting the offshore full duty boats and two special edition mugs that will highlight the inshore boats.

 

The first seven mugs in the collection are available for purchase at

The Southport Maritime Museum 

204 East Moore Street in Southport, NC. 

CAPE FEAR PILOT 

Painted by local artist Robert Potter

LOA - 55' 

Builder: Tiliakos Boat Works • Fernandina, FL

Pilot Service: 1955 - 1974

Oak Island Light House: Built in 1958 • 169' above sea level

Sixth mug in a series of nine

R.R. STONE

Painted by local artist Robert Potter

LOA - 46.5'  •  Beam - 11.5'

Builder: Barbour Boatworks •  New Bern, NC

Pilot Service: 1937 - 1955

Two Pilot Towers

Tower One: 1909 - 1954  •  Tower Two: 1945 - present

Seventh mug in a series of nine