Tugboat Friday

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.

For more posts on tugs, go here. And for the Tug Boat Dreaming gallery, go here.


  1. sabrina says:

    It’s great one of your dreams have come true, Charlene. We are all looking forward to seeing much more from this series as you are so passionate about tugs. Who knows, this time next year, you might very well have another exhibit with all new work!

    1. charlene says:

      Thank you Sabrina. It certainly feels like I’ve won the lottery with this one. Dunno about the exhibition though, i’m still recovering from the last one!

  2. Rock on Rockstar. Go the Tugboat Dreaming. Looks like it was a day slightly touched by magic. That MSIC clearance is the gatekeeper pass but it’s you who’re allowing yourself to be awesome.
    First image really brings back memories of the exhibition prints, same steely tones mixed with reds and yellows.

    1. charlene says:

      It was a little bit magical, and a bit hard to contain my excitement. It ain’t like crop dusting boy! Yes I am really liking that top image. These mooring launches lend themselves well to a picture, I must say.

      PS, the captain’s chair has its own mounting track like a dolly :D

      1. Captain chair on a dolly?!?!!! Oh wow. “Engage!”

      2. charlene says:

        “Make it so, ensign” :D

  3. Peta says:

    Great one Charlene, love the first and second last, can’t wait tos see more……

    1. charlene says:

      Thanks Peta, the first is my favourite too. Here’s to many, many more as time goes on :)

  4. Cathy says:

    Hooray! I was wondering how your Friday Tugboat days were going. It really looks like it’s a blokes world on those tugs. How do you find hanging out with them – or, more to the point perhaps – how bemused are they to have you photographing in their midst :)

    There are some really great shots in there. Can’t wait to see more!

    1. charlene says:

      This is the first of many tug boat Fridays I hope! I really enjoy hanging around these guys – most of them love what they do and always seem to have ripper stories up their sleeves. I’ve worked in male-heavy environments for many years, so it doesn’t bother me at all, and has its advantages to boot.

      1. Cathy says:

        Being a woman in a man’s world can really help sometimes. ;)

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