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The piloting station and pilots

In 1739 the government had freed the towns of Ostrobothnia from contributing to the costs of maintaining the state piloting service. In Kokkola, piloting was carried out by two fishermen who had lived on Tankar. After Kokkola received staple rights in 1765, traffic into the town’s harbour grew significantly and the piloting service had to be reorganised. Starting in the early 1770s, the administrative court hired three pilots for Tankar and constructed a cabin there for their use. The Ostrobothnian piloting district was established in 1849. At the same time the piloting service began organised hydrographical surveying of the Bay of Bothnia, and as it progressed the network of lighthouses on the coast was added to.

The history of the piloting station also contains drama: during a fierce storm in 1855, Tankar piloting station lost its entire crew. When the Finnish piloting service was converted to the Russian system in 1912, more than half its staff resigned in protest. In their honour, a large stone next to the station was converted into a monument, bearing the names of those who resigned and the text: “A memorial to those pilots who would not submit to Russky oppression”.

In 1917 the piloting service became a civilian body when the Finnish Maritime Administration began its duties. Tankar piloting station belongs to the Bay of Bothnia maritime district, which stretches from Kristiinankaupunki to Tornio. The operating area of Tankar piloting station stretches from Pietarsaari to Kalajoki. The present piloting station was built in 1975. The station is operational all-year-round and can be visited by prior agreement. The Tankar inn, where you can stay throughout the year in a double room, also operates within the same building as the piloting station. 

Meeting/ meeting & sauna in the pilot station
The former pilot station now holds the Pilotti meeting premises (max 20 prs) that are open for reservation. You can also book the sauna for your guests to enjoy. Ask for an offer.
Or organize a meeting in The Tower meeting room. Price: from 35€/ person (incl. meeting room, coffee and tranportation).

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