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A look at what could have provided some of the inspiration for Clearwater Features

Here are some pictures of Tugs old and new in their harbour settings, with some scenery that may have been used for the basis of Bigg City Port. I have not found any decent photos as of yet for Crowley Marine's steam tugs, although some may be uncovered at a later date.

A Tug with a Barge
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Yes they are still in use today, Barges were vital in transporting goods around the port.

Out At Sea
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Although all modern, this reminds me so much of Ten Cents and Sunshine visiting Lillie

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Today Tugs are still involved with docking large ships such as aircraft carriers, tankers liners etc

Titanic
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The Titanic at the Southampton Ocean Liner Dock, with the Red Funnel Tugs

Tug Dock
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Here we can see a fleet of Tugs at their Dock, not much in common with the Star Pier

Tug and Schooner
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This reminds me so much of Jinxed, a Ten Cents Boomer etc. lookalike toeing a Schooner.

Railway Barge with Tug
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This was never seen in the UK, as our rivers are narrow enough for bridges.

Another railway tug transporting trucks.
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Click on the image for the original source.

Rebecca Lynn
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Maybe a tug like this formed the basis for Tophats bobbing head.

Reliant
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OJ looks certainly to be based on this tug

Hercules
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An Ocean going tug, like Captain Stars Hercules

Midget Submarine
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I don't know about you, but I'm looking at the bow for a face when I see this picture!

Alligator Boat
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Alligator tugs/boats were low in the water, therefore ideal for river work, they are also amphibious

Tramp Steamer
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Comming after Schooners, these made delivery of material more reliable across the ocean.

Floating Crane
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There were three floating cranes around Bigg City. Floating cranes are used today.

Shiny Sheff (HMS Sheffield)
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It's a UK cruser I know, not a destroyer, but its the first ship to be named after my home city!

With the introduction of petrol & deisel engines
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ports are a lot cleaner & more envronmentally friendly places.

Dockfire
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Here we see European tugs fighting a dockfire, notice all tugs are equiped with hoses.

Old Dock
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This isn't seen as often as it once was due to the increase of air trafficing.

Cannal
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This to me looks like a scene straight out of Bigg City, I can't remember where it came from though

New York Harbour
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I can count at least 6 different types of propulsion on this picture, besides walking.

Brooklyn Bridge
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I'm sure you all agree this appears to be the basis for the big Bridge over Bigg City Port

House Boat (Formally a Tug)
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Recently appearing on eBay, a houseboat like this may have been the basis for Boomers future

Sunk
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Its a sad fact, but a reality that had to be faced in the storywriting.

For more information about real tugs please use the following links;

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(Z-Stack) Moran's website

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Dedicated to tugs from days gone by.

This is my favourite page, so it will probarbly messed about with more as time goes by!

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