Collision course

For decades two forces have combined -- and sometimes clashed in guiding large ships into Boston Harbor. Each claiming safety, the sides are now facing off over proposed changes in the law

By David Abel
Globe Staff / May 7, 2006

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In the darkness before dawn, with waves rising 7 feet and a cold drizzle falling, the veteran seaman balances his 48-year-old legs on the bow of the bobbing pilot boat. Through a stiff wind, he reaches into the fog for a grease-covered rope ladder, which dangles off the starboard side of a 600-foot oil tanker. (Full article: 2038 words)

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