129: Mark Baummer

Episode #129 is Mark Baummer, a Chesapeake Bay Pilot, one of the guys who will go out and take command of commercial ships when they enter the Bay from an ocean voyage. In this episode Mark and I talk about our trip together (Mia and I did a ride-along with Mark on a 750-foot coal ship), about how he got into the merchant marine in the first place, what it is a pilot actually does, how he became a pilot and much, much more. This is a fascinating look at a professional maritime career, and a real treat to have Mark on the show. Scroll down for some videos from Mark and some photos of our ride-along. Enjoy!

See the video below that Mark took rounding Cape Horn on the 'Batton Rouge'.

Andy & Mia's Ride-Along with Mark Baummer in October.