On Tugboats: Stories of Work and Life Aboard

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Down East Books, Jan 1, 2004 - Transportation - 384 pages
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"There's an appealing element of David and Goliath about a tugboat with its charge," muses author Virginia Thorndike, and no doubt that is one of the reasons so many of us love tugs. These boats get things done. They move cargo, fight harbor fires, assist vessels into and out of port, carry out salvage and rescue operations, service dredging operations and offshore oil rigs -- and tackle just about anything else that needs doing on the water. On Tugboats is a wide-ranging tribute to the crews and boats at work every day along America's coasts and inland waterways. The resourceful people who man the tugs are justifiably proud of what they do, and when Virginia Thorndike asked about life and work aboard, she found they had plenty to say -- Book jacket.

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About the author (2004)

Virginia Thorndike has been fascinated by boats and their people since childhood, and she has produced several entertaining books about transportation. She lives in Morrill, Maine.

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