What is tugboat?

  • (noun): A powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships.
    Synonyms: tug, towboat, tower


A tugboat (tug) is a boat that maneuvers vessels by pushing or towing them. Tugs move vessels that either should not move themselves, such as ships in a crowded harbor or a narrow canal, or those that cannot move by themselves, such as barges, disabled ships, or oil platforms. Tugboats are powerful for their size and strongly built, and some are ocean-going. Some tugboats serve as icebreakers or salvage boats. Early tugboats had steam engines, but today have diesel engines. Many tugboats have firefighting monitors, allowing them to assist in firefighting, especially in harbors.

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Tuff-E-Nuff (tugboat)
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Tugboat - Gallery
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Captain Tugboat Annie
... Captain Tugboat Annie is a 1945 second sequel to the classic Tugboat Annie (1933), this time starring Jane Darwell as Annie and Edgar Kennedy as Horatio Bullwinkle ... The first sequel, called Tugboat Annie Sails Again, was released in 1940 starring Marjorie Rambeau as Annie, Alan Hale, Sr ... television series, The Adventures of Tugboat Annie, starring Minerva Urecal ...
Luna (tugboat)
... Luna is a historic tugboat normally berthed in Boston, Massachusetts ... tug on the US Gulf and Atlantic coasts and is the world's first diesel-electric tugboat build for commercial service ...
Scuffy The Tugboat
... Scuffy the Tugboat is a children's book written by Gertrude Crampton and illustrated by Tibor Gergely ... Scuffy is a toy tugboat who wishes for "bigger things" than sailing in the bathtub ... Scuffy the Tugboat should not be confused with Tuffy the Tugboat, which is a different book, about a different tugboat, with no relation to Scuffy ...