Tugboats and harbour craft

Like many ship enthusiasts I am a sucker for a tugboat. Outside of South African harbour tugs, the only other tugs and oddities I have seen have been occasional callers or on charter. I have also seen in tugs in Mauritius and Seychelles, and the oddity which I saw in Milwaukee and of course the vessels I saw in Hong Kong and Southampton.

The idea behind all tugs is still the same though, to assist ships in their docking and undocking. They may look different and have strange power plants but they are still the same concept. While watching cruise ships berth and unberth themselves in Southampton it struck me that tugs may be almost superfluous in the cruise ship handling market.

Jannie Oelofsen

South African

Tugboats

Steam tug Challenge

Steam tug

Challenge

Powerful Portsmouth

Powerful

Portsmouth

Apollon Durban

Apollon

Durban

Bison Durban

Bison

Durban

Kim Heng Durban

Kim Heng

Durban

Sir Seewoosagur Mauritius

Sir Seewoosagur

Mauritius

Winnie and sister Mauritius

Winnie and Bettie

Mauritius

Winne Mauritius

Winne

Mauritius

Colibri Seychelles

Colibri

Seychelles

Tug Berth Seychelles

Tug Berth

Seychelles

Goelette Seychelles

Goelette

Seychelles

Hong Kong tugs

Hong Kong tugs

Hong Kong tugs

Hong Kong tugs

Hong Kong tugs

Hong Kong tugs

Hong Kong tugs

Hong Kong tugs

Hong Kong tugs

Hong Kong tugs

Hong Kong tugs

Hong Kong tugs

Svitzer Bentley Southampton

Svitzer Bentley

Southampton

Svitzer Sarah Southampton

Svitzer Sarah

Southampton

Svitzer Surrey Southampton

Svitzer Surrey

Southampton

Svitzer Alma Southampton

Svitzer Alma

Southampton

Svitzer Pembroke Southampton

Svitzer Pembroke

Southampton

Svitzer Ferriby Southampton

Svitzer Ferriby

Southampton

Svitzer Bristol Southampton

Svitzer Bristol

Southampton

Calshot Southampton

Calshot

Southampton

Calshot Southampton

Calshot

Southampton

Wyeforce Southampton

Wyeforce

Southampton

Wyemoor Southampton

Wyemoor

Southampton

Wyepull Southampton

Wyepull

Southampton

Wyestorm Southampton

Wyestorm

Southampton

Wyetow Southampton

Wyetow

Southampton

Wyepush Southampton

Wyepush

Southampton

Lomax Southampton

Lomax

Southampton

Apex, Lomax, Phenix Southampton

Apex, Lomax, Phenix

Southampton

Phenix Southampton

Phenix

Southampton

ResourceRiver Thames

Resource

River Thames

Reclaim River Thames

Reclaim

River Thames

Recovery River Thames

Recovery

River Thames

SWS Essex River Thames

SWS Essex

River Thames

ZP Bear. London

ZP Bear.

Pool of London

SD Seal. London

SD Seal.

Pool of London

Devout Thames River, London

Devout

River Thames

Svitzer Madeleine Tilbury

Svitzer Madeleine

Tilbury

Thames Vixen River Thames

Thames Vixen

River Thames

Guy James Portsmouth

Guy James

Portsmouth

Jack James Portsmouth

Jack James

Portsmouth

Janet James Portsmouth

Janet James

Portsmouth

SD Genevieve Portsmouth

SD Genevieve

Portsmouth

SD Powerful

SD Powerful

Portsmouth

SD Indulgent Portsmouth

SD Indulgent

Portsmouth

SD Bountiful Portsmouth

SD Bountiful

Portsmouth

Terramare 1 Southampton

Terramare 1

Southampton

John King Bristol

John King

Bristol

Herbert Ballam Poole

Herbert Ballam

Poole

Princeton & Knighton Poole

Princeton & Knighton

Poole

Goliath and Kingston Poole

Goliath and Kingston

Poole

Millgarth

(Liverpool)

Smit Barbados

(Liverpool)

Daniel Adamson

(Liverpool)

Bantam tug “City”

Tewkesbury

 

Canning

Swansea

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