The San Francisco Bar Pilots have joined forces with local partners to give back to the community we have called home for 170 years.
Over the last two decades, the San Francisco Bar Pilots have made the San Francisco Fire Department Holiday Toy Drive a highlight of our charitable endeavors. In 1998 when the program first began, we assembled and donated five bikes to deserving children. We are pleased to report our end of year tradition has significantly grown and in 2018 over 100 bikes were donated. Along the way, the San Francisco Bar Pilots have helped create special holiday memories for thousands of San Francisco children. Each year, we welcome firefighters to pick up the toys collected at our Annual Holiday Open House.
The mission of the National Liberty Ship Memorial is to restore, promote and operate the Liberty Ship, SS Jeremiah O’Brien as a living museum. The goal of this mission is to preserve, for present and future generations, the story of the patriotic and brave men and women who built, sailed and defended the 2,751 American-built World War II ships known as Liberties.
Since this ship’s rescue from the “mothball fleet” and return to San Francisco in the 1980’s, the San Francisco Bar Pilots have been serving as volunteer tour guides to visitors and have been providing pilotage services to the Memorial free of charge.
Since 1993, the San Francisco Bar Pilots have proudly supported the CSU Maritime Academy and the students that benefit from the University’s first rate education. In October 2015, we announced an enhanced scholarship program, the San Francisco Bar Pilots Pioneer Scholarship Program. Named after Mayor Willie Brown and the nation’s first female Bar Pilot, Capt. Nancy Wagner, the San Francisco Bar Pilots awards two students who show an adventurous, ambitious, and leading-edge approach to their studies an annual $5,000 scholarship.
Pilotage costs for the CSU Maritime Academy’s TS Golden Bear are donated back to the University, a long-standing tradition of support that benefits the institution where many San Francisco Bar Pilots earned their start as maritime professionals.
To increase diversity within the ranks of pilot associations across the country, the San Francisco Bar Pilots launched an Outreach Committee to educate both experienced and prospective mariners about career opportunities in the maritime industry. Mentoring young people who demonstrate an interest in becoming a San Francisco Pilot has been one of the Committee’s core priorities. Included in these efforts are the annual Mayor Willie Brown and Capt. Nancy Wagner scholarships and support for the Tom Scott’s Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP). The Committee also pioneered a year-long maritime curriculum at Oakland’s McClymond’s High School in conjunction with their African-American Male Achievement Program. Other work includes participation in professional conferences focusing on mentoring and developing the leadership roles of women in the maritime industry.