The Overfalls Foundation public lecture series will feature Delaware River Pilot Stuart Griffin Friday, March 14, who will discuss life as a member of the Pilots' Association for the Bay & River Delaware.
He will be focusing on the everyday realities of providing pilotage services on the Delaware River and its various ports. Supporting photography will help illustrate the duties and challenges faced by modern pilots and pilot associations around the world. This will provide an interesting look into the challenging life of those men and women who provide an essential service to shipping around the world.
The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall of St. Peter’s Church on Second Street in Lewes.
Griffin was born in Lewes, where he graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 1988. In 1992, he graduated from SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. He sailed as a U.S. Merchant Marine deck officer immediately upon graduation until beginning pilot apprenticeship in late 1994.
One of his early assignments in that service was towing a U.S. Navy sonar through the waters of the wintry North Sea. Griffin completed apprenticeship and became member of the Pilots’ Association for the Bay & River Delaware in 1997. He served on the pilots’ association board of directors from 2008-12.
He lives just outside Lewes with wife Krista and son Max.