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These are hands that build. That carve and sand and fit out boats with the lush warmth of fine wood, for the practical and aesthetic comfort of their crews.
Today – appropriately, a beautiful, crisp autumn day – is Tug Boat Friday.
I feel like saying “the rest of my life” because I finally have the clearance to get into the port as much as I like, but perhaps that would be exaggerating things.
But I did get on some tugs today. And you better believe I can’t wait for the next time.
How do you move a big tug from a work shed to the sea?
These pictures were taken ages ago – a year or more. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to get on a tug, owing to security restrictions. And it’ll probably be even longer till I can get aboard one again, if ever, which is immensely frustrating. Tug boats are funny things to be dreaming about, but some of us do.
I’ve contributed a set of three vignettes on tugs that will run over as many days, on Rear Curtain. Part 1 is up today. Hop on over to have a look/read.
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