Tuesday, August 4, 2015

APA President Dies, Successor Named

By Mark Edward Nero

American Pilots Association President Capt. Michael R. Watson died unexpectedly at his home in Annapolis, Maryland on July 23 at the age of 72. He is being replaced by Capt. Peter McIsaac, the APA’s vice president for the Pacific states, who will serve out the remainder of Watson’s term of office, which expires Dec. 31, 2016.

Watson had been a maritime pilot and a national and international leader of the piloting profession for more than 45 years. He graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in 1965 and was commissioned as an ensign in the US Naval Reserve.

He began his maritime career by serving on US Military Sealift Command ships supplying US troops in South Vietnam. He was first elected APA president in 2000 and was re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

McIsaac, who began his maritime career in the tugboat industry in 1977, later advanced to tug captain and senior port captain while working on vessels throughout southwest Alaska and the San Francisco Bay area.

He joined the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association in 1992 and was later elected its president, serving terms from 2000-2004, 2006-2010, and 2012 to present.

A Michigan native, McIsaac was educated at the University of Alaska. He and his family currently reside in San Mateo, Calif.