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Pierre Vallee - Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada - French (Global Lives Project, 2013) -01:30:00 - 01:59:59

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—Slow ahead. —Slow ahead. —0-3-0. —OK, thank you. —Is it possible to get someone to give them help with the bag? Thank you very much. —That's the boat? —Yeah, pilot boat is coming. —0-2-0. —0-2-0. —She's going to go like this? —Yeah, exactly. Yeah. —She has to carry a lot of bags. —Oh, yes. And for a long time. She's with me since 2:30 this afternoon. —And she'll be with you until 2:30 tomorrow. —Exactly, yeah. Already 11 hours done. Only 13 to go. —You must be tired of talking. —Not so bad. I'm not talking that much. I'm not talking when I'm sleeping. —Dead Slow Ahead. —Dead Slow Ahead. Stop engine. I hope you like my ship. —Thank you very much. It was very good food, very nice people. —Captain, thank you very much for your hospitality. Thank you very much. —You're welcome, sir. —See you on the way up next time. —Thank you very much. —Have a good holiday in Paris. —Yes, in a few months. —Good morning. —Good morning. Welcome aboard. —Hello. One level low. —How are you? —I'm very well. —One level low. The radar and the second are good. —OK, perfect. —13 with 15 minutes of warning. —Super. Thank you very much. —Thank you! Have a good trip. Did Patrick come down? This one or the other? One more? —Yes, one. On the right side. —Once we're going to be down, they're going to give that back, so get the line ready, we'll pull it back and then we'll give it to the other one. —Who is going first? —Patrick. —Patrick is first? OK. Leave your bag there. —The other bag is already on board? —Yes, I'm going to send it down. Can you get that bag down? Is it coming from the pilot boat? Karen, you can put this one on. —I can already put it on? Patrick, can you take the camera, please? Leave it around your neck, take this one. I'm just putting on my life jacket, then I'll take it back. OK? —How do I fasten this one? Oh, it's a zipper. I'll just unzip it first. It's already been worn. There you go. —Hang on. Check the zipper on the side. It looks like a zipper is open on the side. On the front pocket, there? Yeah. OK, so bye, have a nice day. —Thank you very much! —Thanks a lot, sir. Be careful, though. Let's go, Patrick! Take my hand. We're going to embark on the pilot ship. Karen, keep one hand on the railing. —How are you? —Very well. Listen. I can't leave. I can't say I'm not doing well. Everyone is watching me, I have to be good. These are two of my colleagues. Donald Harvey. —Hello. He is one of our old-timers. Then, our replacement, Mathieu Parc. He began his apprenticeship at the beginning of April. I'm going to let them in. So, we've done 11 hours, there are 13 left. —Yeah? It's really 24 hours. —24 hours. When I shower, I just have to shut the door. I hope your ride will be a lot smoother than mine on the Voyageur last week. —Last week when we left, just before taking the pilot ship in Sainte-Pétronille, there was a problem with the generator before I got on. They switched over to the Shaft Generator, then, the Shaft Generator misaligned, it caught fire, we lost everything, then we took a huge swerve to the left. We had to cruise carefully to stay afloat. Five minutes later, there was another one. We ended up at the Grondine Sud anchorage because we couldn't see anything. We kept it up until 9:00, but we couldn't see. Listen, I couldn't see the front of the boat. It's 25 metres away, so... But, it gave me a chance to try the clam chowder. It was excellent. There wasn't only a bad side to this trip. Well, good night everyone. Have a good trip. —Have a good trip back. —Bye. —Sorry? —Can I have your autograph? —I'll have to speak to my agent. —There's room here for you, Patrick. You can film him too. He's a colleague from Les Escoumins. He just disembarked too. He left from Les Escoumins. Alright, thank you Captain! Thank you! Let's take off the life jackets. Patrick, I'm going to take your life jacket. —Give the jacket to Pierre, please, Patrick. —Patrick, come here. —Here's another one. —OK? —Yes. —Thanks. Have a good night. We're going to wait until he leaves. He did not want to be on film. —You can just leave the camera somewhere. On the ground. Come get it right after. There you go. Pierre, this is Yanni. I have shot many films with her. —Hello. —Do you feel like you're on "Big Brother"? —Pretty much, yes. At home, it was not too bad, but on the boat it was more demanding, I found. —It's weird for us too to be filming you at all times. —It must be. Especially when the subject is not interesting. There's no news, nothing. —Actually, what I find most interesting is the fact that it's real life. —This is real life. This is the life. There's more action at home, with the kids and everything. —The city is beautiful with all the boats. —Yes, that's fun to see, though. The sights, the atmosphere, everything around here, it's nice. Let's go in, and he can leave if he wants. I don't know what he's doing. Did it go well on the Voyageur? Two blackouts on there last week. —Two blackouts? Where? —Getting on. —Oh, yeah? No, it went well. Better than I thought. I thought the current would be stronger. —You almost can't feel it. —Exactly. We embarked at 9:30 instead of 10:00. —Excellent. —Bye now. I'm leaving.

Video Details

Duration: 30 minutes and 1 second
Year: 2013
Country: Canada
Language: French (Canada)
Producer: Karen Vanderborght
Views: 109
Posted by: globallives on Sep 30, 2013

Pierre disembarks the Federal Kumano cargo ship and takes a speedboat to the port of Quebec.

This is part of a 24-hour recording of a day in the life of Pierre Vallée, who works as a commercial ship pilot on the St. Lawrence River in Canada. This forms part of the Global Lives Project, a video library of life experience.

This video was produced by Karen Vanderborght, Catherine Genest, Rébecca Lavoie, Ariane Lorrain, Marianne Ploska, Patrick Pearce and Yanie Dupont-Hébert. 

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