Boarding stations

view of ship from dock, showing the entrance for boarding

The port boarding station can be seen below the yellow punt on the right

The boarding stations are located on both sides of the ship immediately below the punts, providing easy access for the pilots. Once the punts had been lowered into the water the pilots could step onboard relatively safely. In previous boats access to the punts had been via a ladder from the main deck.

The Edmund Gardner carried two punts, which were built stoutly with extra wooden sheathing in order to withstand the stresses of being lowered regularly and going alongside large steel ships.

view from inside the ship

Boarding station, seen from inside