Camera in hand, I leaned out over the ferry's railings to photograph the pilot's leap from ship to boat. The seas were relatively calm, so I wouldn't have long before the boat peeled away back to port.
What I didn't expect to see was the pilot handing his bicycle to the boat crew, who then proceeded to juggle it for a while, before finally stowing it safely on board.
It all actually made sense, when you think about the size of a ferry port, with wide expanses of concrete for cars to line up before loading - and buses that carry the passengers on board. How else is the pilot going to get from the pilot house (in a completely different part of the port) to the ferry?
Off Swanage, Dorset