Sandy Hook pilots are State constituted guardians of the interests of maritime insurance of the Port of New York. [Card caption]Dropping the Pilot. This is quite spectacular and creates no little commotion, the passengers gathering to watch the pilot’s agility in getting over the vessel’s side and into his little boat there waiting for him. The bar at the entrance to New York harbor can only be crossed at high tide by big ships, and then the water is only 32 feet deep. All foreign vessels and ships sailing under register, both incoming and outward bound, are obliged to employ the services of a pilot to guide them safely through the channel and over the bar.