This is a well illustrated coverage of one of the most important types of vessel. As an American view, the title is something of a misnomer because many US boats shove rather than tug, but ‘tugboat’ has come to describe any vessel used in rivers and harbours to assist larger vessels to manoeuvre, to tow barges or disabled vessels and to perform ocean recovery of vessels in danger. Very good colour images illustrate a readable and informative text that covers not only the different types of tugboats, but also their equipment, crews, and methods of operation




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