Capt. Joseph Ted Davisson

Instructor Pilot

Capt. Joseph Ted Davisson

Capt. Davisson is a 48 year veteran of the American marine industry, including 37 years as a veteran New Orleans Baton Rouge River Pilot. He graduated from the National River Academy, while continuing to work aboard steamboats. He worked his way up to the wheelhouse starting as a steersman, eventually leading to his involvement with Masters Mates and Pilots. Capt. Davisson worked on river towboats upon the Mississippi, Illinois and Arkansas Rivers and has had a lifelong interest in training. Capt. Davisson also holds a First Class Pilot license of steam or motor vessels upon the Mississippi river. Capt. Davisson was notably the pilot aboard the MV Brightfield during her complete power failure and subsequent grounding onto the New Orleans River Walk shopping mall. He earned great recognition for his excellent piloting actions that day including his superior communication that allowed the evacuation of nearby gaming vessels and his rallying of assist tugs to contain the stranded bulk carrier. Capt. Davison has always enjoyed both learning from and teaching others in the maritime industry because it is a field he is fascinated in and proud of. Outside of the professional maritime world, Capt. Davisson can be found riding motorcycles, traveling, reading maritime publications and taking photographs. Much of his fine photo work decorates the walls of Maritime Pilots Institute.