Captain Thron Riggs went to sea on merchant ships after graduation from high school. He spent twenty-seven years on ships, the last seven as Master. He has been a Columbia River Bar Pilot since 1992.
Columbia River Bar Pilots
The extensive, dangerous bar channel at the entrance to the Columbia River has a worldwide reputation among seamen as the "graveyard of the Pacific." Ever since Capt. Robert Gray entered the river in 1792 on the Boston-registered ship Columbia Rediviva, there has been a pressing need for competent pilotage …