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We ve all seen them from afar, but how do they work, what do they do and who runs them This mammoth book gives readers a rare, closeup look of working tugboats around the world Huge color spreads that fold out a full 27 inches show the boats at work In depth text explains the complex maneuvering systems, techniques and the technology tugs employ From the port of New York to the Mississippi River, from Hong Kong Harbor to the Panama Canal, these indispensable hard workers quietly control the harbors and rivers of the world The detailed history walks readers through the development of these beautiful creations of woodwork and engineering from the first makeshift tug to today s rugged powerhouse models Interviews with working captains and profiles of legendary sea dogs depict the colorful and often difficult lives of tugboat crew daily routines that differ substantially from most of our own as they work in tight quarters under the constant threat of dangerous water conditions The book describes how, through an intricate choreography of movements, a fleet of tugs navigates massive ships and tankers into narrow waterways, around perilous shallows and into tight docking bays Their world is a delicate balance of nautical engineering, brute motor force and coordination among vessels that can often mean the difference between safety and disaster....

Title : Tugs: The World's Hardest Working Boats
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ISBN : 1579120857
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Black Dog 1st Edition edition December 1, 1999
Number of Pages : 112 pages
File Size : 690 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Tugs: The World's Hardest Working Boats Reviews

  • joan
    2019-02-20 19:07

    lots of unknown tug history

  • QM
    2019-03-08 15:07

    Great book! Beautiful pictures

  • John A. Fornshell
    2019-03-01 15:47

    This is a nice well illustrated and written large format book on the subject of tugboats. It could be used as a coffee table book in a den or library. The text is an excellent brief introduction to the towing industry in North America.

  • Hugh C. Ware
    2019-03-06 13:57

    Big. Gorgeous photos. A broad-brush treatment of tugboats by a wriiter who has done a lot of research. Highly recommended for the reader who is interested in learning something about tugboats. But not recommended for those that already know tugboating except those willing to accept the book's flaws. Too many errors and omissions. Photo captions are often incorrect or missing. Coverage of tugboats is spotty, emphasizing one company and missing much of what goes on in tugboating elsewhere in the world. I bought the book and like it in spite of its flaws, but wish it were better.

  • the PROFESSOR
    2019-03-06 14:04

    Didn't do a thing for me. Not enough variety, and not enough about the Columbia/Snake River boats and their jobs. Here's a concept...why not have somebody who KNOWS what they're talking about, write about tugs. Hmmmmmmmmm, I'd buy that one too!