W.V. Museum Installs Riverboat Pilot Simulator

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) - Testing your skills as a towboat captain or plying the seas piloting a Coast Guard cutter is now possible with a new interactive simulator at the Point Pleasant River Museum.

The simulator lets museumgoers pick from a variety of boat types and one of five watery locations - from the San Francisco Bay to the Ohio River.

Media reports say visitors can also set the simulator to create their own weather, currents and stream flow.

Museum Executive Director Jack Fowler says the idea for the simulator started several years ago after he visited the Seamen's Church Institute Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, Ky.

Fowler says he would like to use the simulator to offer pilot training classes.

The simulator will become available to the public Friday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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