Character books detailed individual pilots' behaviour. Commendations were noted, as well as instances where pilots were disciplined for things such as grounding of vessels or being absent without leave. It was common in the 18th and 19th centuries for pilots to have several offences noted against them and it did not necessarily mark them out as being bad pilots.
This entry is for George HR Lewis, a pilot from 1884 to 1926. It shows that he gave long and steady service - being appropriated to several shipping lines (regularly piloting the same ships of a particular shipping line), and never received a punishment or fine of any kind in his entire career - rare for the time.