- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: October 29, 1996
Go aboard the most powerful vessels ever built and trace their fascinating history in this captivating history of the humble tugboat.
Pound for pound, they are the most powerful ships ever built. The largest ocean-going tugs are capable of bringing stricken superliners through hundreds of miles of heavy seas to safety.
They are the boats without which the shipping industry would break down. Everyday, in ports worldwide and throughout the high seas, thousands of tugboats perform vital tasks that keep the wheels of commerce turning. Trace the story of these mighty mites from the early days of steam to the high-tech, ocean-going diesel subs that are capable of towing the world's largest vessels to port. Go aboard harbor subs as they shuttle their massive charges to and from the shipping lanes, and see dramatic footage of high-seas rescues in life-threatening conditions by deep-sea tugs.
With a detailed look at the technology that sets them apart from all other boats and interviews with the men who build and sail them, this is a captivating look at the humble, essential tugboat.