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Tugboats and their crews are often the unseen,
unnoticed heroes of the water.
• Their fascinating history unfolds through the eras
of man-powered caggers, and paddlewheelers, to
steampower, diesel and the multi- directional
azimuthing propeller driven tugs.
• Their history is written large through the stories of
its characters, of cheeky ‘kisses’ on a Queen’s
hull, of convenient collusions but also rivalry so
intense there was more than a touch of
• It is a history of make-do ingenuity when things
didn’t quite go according to plan, coupled with
unparalleled seamanship and bravery in weathers
that would wreck much larger ships.
• It is also the story of river tugs stranded by
receding waters miles inland during drought, as
well as men (and sheep) pitched overboard on
Heroic, Forceful and Fearless are three well known
tugs among many that helped ensure the reliability of commerce between Australia and the rest of the
world. Perhaps no names have better reflected the character of the industry—both the people and the
tugboats themselves—theirs is a national history that deserved to be written.
HB 256 pages
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 18 May, 2012.
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