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Tales from a Tugboat Captain


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"Tales from a Tugboat Captain" by Thomas Teague is a memoir full of sea-faring info and funny stories.

"Tales from a Tugboat Captain" by Thomas Teague is a memoir full of sea-faring info and funny stories. Teague takes the reader on mini-adventures through the daring, grueling, and often fantastic adventures of life on a tugboat.

I grew up with the children's book, "Scuffy the Tugboat," and Teague's book reads as an adult version. He included technical descriptions of captaining a tugboat and included vocabulary often used on board that would be new to non-boating readers.

The history of tug boating in the 1970s and how it grew as technology improved and changed the profession exhibited how quickly things can change. These changes in technology also led to societal shifts aboard the tugboat. This parallel was particularly fascinating.

"But there was no one watching the boats back then, No one could be in close contact with the boats because the technology was not yet invented. Communication with office personnel on land was done via VHF marine radio for short distances and Single Side Band radios if you were offshore."

Entertwined with the logistics of tug boating were comical stories of real life on board with distinct characters. Told in a light-hearted first person style, these tales are a smooth and quick read. It is split up into ten chapters, each one focusing on a different aspect of tug boating: How it All Began, Learning to be a Tugboat Guy, Drinking, The Gulf of Mexico, Sea Stories and Weather, Danger, Nicknames, Jargon, Boredom, and Tying it all Together.

I recommend this book to people who have ever been mesmerized by the sight of tiny tugboats guarding large barges through bridges or out at sea. A gem of a short memoir, this reads as a short story that will be enjoyable for most readers who enjoy a comic flair with their non-fiction.

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How it All Began

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I am a tugboat captain and have worked on tugboats since 1974. I've met some colorful characters and seen incredible sights. I want to share my story of what it's like to live and work onboard tugboats. view profile

Published on November 27, 2019

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40000 words

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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