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University of Houston. Cooper, Holly - Cooper video, 1 of 1. August 21, 2014. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 24, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory/item/1533/show/1530.

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Title Cooper, Holly
Creator (LCNAF)
  • University of Houston
Creator (Local)
  • Houston History Project
Contributor (Local)
  • Harwell, Debbie, interviewer
  • University of Houston, project
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Date August 21, 2014
Description This is an oral history interview with Holly Cooper conducted as part of the Houston History Project. Houston Pilot Holly Cooper discusses how she came to be a pilot, following her father’s suggestion to turn her love for the water into a career. After attending Texas A&M in Galveston, she began sailing on foreign-flagged ships working her way up from third mate, second mate, chief mate, to captain with an unlimited master’s ticket. Often the only woman on board a ship, she discusses the challenges that women faced getting into the profession both at sea and as pilots. A pilot’s job is local knowledge of the waterway, and Captain Cooper describes in detail the uniqueness of working the Houston Ship Channel, which is much longer, more narrow, and winding than other ports. In addition, it has become the nation’s largest port in terms of traffic. It requires specific procedures for pilots to follow, particularly when large tankers are passing in close quarters. Cooper details the steps to taking a boat out to sea, explains how pilot boats are used to transport pilots to and from their ships, the dangers of boarding and disembarking, and training protocols for new pilots. She also discusses the changes she has seen implemented along the channel over the last twenty years of her service.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Houston (Tex.)
  • Women's history
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Cooper, Holly
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • interviews
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Moving Image
  • Sound
  • Text
Original Collection Oral Histories - Houston History Project
Digital Collection Oral Histories from the Houston History Project
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
Use and Reproduction Educational use only, no other permissions given. Copyright to this resource is held by the content creator, author, artist or other entity, and is provided here for educational purposes only. It may not be reproduced or distributed in any format without written permission of the copyright owner. For more information please see UH Digital Library Fair Use policy on the UH Digital Library About page.
File Name index.cpd
Item Description
Title Cooper video, 1 of 1
Format (IMT)
  • video/mp4
Original Item Location ID 2006-005, CD/DVD Box 7, HHA 00798
File Name hhaoh_201503_010_001.mp4
Access File Run Time 00:29:51