How does UK law view a pilot’s status?

A pilot has been defined (in section 742 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894) as “any person not belonging to a ship who has the conduct thereof’. This makes him rather more than a simple adviser, and UK courts tend to take the view that a pilot’s advice should be followed on account of his specialised local knowledge and special skill.


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