Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ABC Wednesday - T is for Tugboat

T is for Tugboat..........

 a red tugboat in the river

I always find it amazing how these little boats can move such big ships up and down the river.

 We had the opportunity to watch two of them in action as they guided a huge ship through the two bridges that span the river.

It was like a perfectly choreographed dance.

Both tugs doing the same thing at the same time as the ship goes under alone.

They each wait and once it has gone through, they meet again at each side of the ship to guide it along.

The tides play a big part in the departure and arrival of the big vessels to port.

Many times they wait outside the harbor for the time to be just right to escort them in.

Always interesting to watch, that's for sure!


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  1. I feel the same about tug boats, and often take pictures of them moving the log booms on the Fraser River (British Columbia).

  2. That would be a fun thing to watch. They are necessary to do the job.

  3. impressive little boat/
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  4. As one who use to sail on commercial ships, tug boats were a true blessing. I remember one trip (it was either in India or just next door), we traveled up river in our 920-foot ship until we reached the point where we would no longer have a spot to turn around. With one tug at the bow, and another at the stern, they spun us 180 degrees while keeping us out of the mud on either riverbank.


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