TUGBOAT by David Plowden


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You really get to know the Julia C. Moran (a sister of the Martha Moran in Burchard's similar Harbor Tug, 1975) on this visit, which begins with a huge breakfast before five a.m. A harbor map and a plan of the tug help you get your bearings, and intelligent photos, actually taken over a period of months but effectively arranged to simulate a typical day, introduce us to the crew, the ships that must be guided in and out, and the Julia herself. Describing her jobs and the sometimes intricate maneuvers involved in docking and undocking, Plowden directs readers' attention as carefully and gently as Julia captain Burt does the liners. And just as easily, Plowden works in a little background--how trucks and containers have changed the harbor scene, how the Julia's crew became heroes when two tankers collided in 1966. At the end of the day, with the Rotterdam heading off to sea and the Julia heading for home, you'll share the satisfaction that follows a good day's work.

Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 1976
Publisher: Macmillan