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Who sings about tugboats?

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Subject: Who sings about tugboats?
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 03:24 PM

Are there folk performers in North America who sing about tugboats?Possible gig in San Francisco. Recommendations appreciated.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 03:30 PM

I have a song about tugboats. Oh there are some good ones. Once we make the salmon c.d. I want to make a tugboat c.d. with only tugboat songs.

Here are the lyrics to mine:

Here the foghorn moaning
The tugboat

The tugboat chains are groaning
A land to be alone in
Where they cut the tall trees down

I don't know where they're going
The logs that they are towing
The river's overflowing
With tall trees they cut down

From the mountains to the coast here
How they would brag and boast here
The river's full of ghosts here
Who cut the tall trees down

There is a very good song in the back of my head about tugboats..and there was someone at Fisher Poets rom B.C. who had worked on them

And surely someone has done something about either Mrs. Annie?? Fossan, who started the Foss Tugboat company and Tugboat Annie was not based on her, but inspired by her.

mg


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 04:06 PM

Bob Bossin in British Columbia ... you've heard me sing his "Towboats" often enough. (I guess that means I should say "me" too, but go to the source instead!)


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 04:19 PM

Snap the line tight is a great song that sounds like it should be about tugboats (are towboats the same thing?) but I think it is about a converted halibut boat.

Also, the definitive towboat song..Summer Wages by Ian Tyson.

mg


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 04:24 PM

mg, the first line of Bossin's Towboats begins "She's a jackpot tug" -- so I would venture that a towboat is a tugboat.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 04:30 PM

Tugboat Annie? Steamboat Willie?

Interesting......Good Luck on your search CR!

Spaw


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Subject: Lyr Add: SUMMER WAGES (Ian Tyson)
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 04:35 PM

SUMMER WAGES
(Ian Tyson)

Never hit 17 when you play against the dealer
For you know that the odds won't ride with you
And never leave your woman alone when your friends are out to steal her
Years are gambled and lost like summer wages.

And we'll keep rollin' on 'til we get to Vancouver
And the woman that I love who's living there
It's been 6 long months and more since I've seen her
She may be gambled and gone like summer wages.

And all the beer parlors all down along Main Street
The dreams of the seasons are all spilled down on the floor
All the big stands of timber just waiting for falling
And the hustlers sitting watchfully as they wait there by the door.

So I'll work on the towboats In my slippery city shoes
Which I swore I would never do again
Through the worst fogbound straits where the cedars stand watching
I'll be far off and gone like summer wages.

Ah, she's a woman so fine I may never try to find her
For good memories of what we had before
They should never be changed for they're all that I'll take with me
Now I've gambled and lost my summer wages.

Years are gambled and lost like summer wages.

Copyright Ian Tyson, Slick Fork Music-SOCAN
Recorded by Ian and Sylvia, So Much for Dreaming, 1976, Vanguard. Also by
Ian on Coyboyography, Stony Plain 1986, and by Tony Roce, Native American
1988 Rounder. JK
@gambler
filename[ SUMMRWAG
BJS, JK


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 04:36 PM

I think that George Ward does but he is on the east coast.

                                           SOL


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Severn
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 04:41 PM

Try:

"Won't you ever Grow up, Little Toot"-from a Disney cartoon rendering of the famous children's book


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 04:46 PM

Seems to me there was a long ballad about the history of the old steam tug in Seattle named the Arthur Foss. Yep, it's on the VICTORY SINGS AT SEA CD, © 1989, and is called "A Hundred Years Ago" as composed by Kotta & Widmann; they used the traditional tune from the shanty "A Hundred years Ago."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 05:54 PM

Well, I do a tugboat song from an album I found by a Canadian band called Tamarack - nice album. The song is called, "Tugboat Days" and I enjoy telling the story of the Muskoka lakes and canals as much as I do singing the song. Too bad one song doesn't a show make. Cheers.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 06:05 PM

One song? We have five or six now...if you want to stretch it I also have a song about a Pendleton weaver who weaves a coat for her love who I think is a first mate on a tug on the Columbia River. mg


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Subject: Lyr Add: A HUNDRED YEARS AGO (Kotta/Widmann)
From: Stewart
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 06:15 PM

A HUNDRED YEARS AGO (Robert Kotta, and Mariide Widmann c 1989)
This reworking of a traditional chantey commemorates 100th anniversary of the tugboat Arthur Foss, the flagship of the Washington State Centennial. Arthur Foss is own maintained by Northwest Seaport in Seattle.

A hundred years is a very long time
Chorus: Oh aye ON
A hundred year is a very long time
Chorus: A hundred years ago

A hundred years on Pacific Shores
A hundred years now we're ready for more

In Eighteen hundred and eight-nine
A tug was launched so strong and fine

In Portland town her keel was laid
The tug WALLOWA was her name

At Columbia bas she towed the ships
Then make Alaskan Gold rush trips

When she was burned and seemed a loss
She was sold, rebuilt the ARTHUR FOSS

A-towing logs all up and down
To the mills around the Puget Sound

In Tugboat Annie, when Hollywood came
The tug NARCISSUS was her name

In '34 came a diesel screw
In '37 she was scuttled by the crew

In '41 she was caught by the war
With dull gray paint they covered her o'er

The last American to sail away
From Wake Island in December's gray

They took her name for a super tug
Renamed THEODORE: still towing logs,

Retired and given back her name
To northwest Seaport home she came

With industry support and volunteer time
They make the ARTHUR look so fine

In a hundred years she's seen some jobs
From sailing ships to super tugs

A waterfront lady always changing her name
She may be old but she's still in the game

Now she's the pride of Washington State
And she worked hard to make her great

For a hundred years her story's told
Of the wind and the rain and the sea so cold

Upon blue water she still is found
She's the proud old lady of Puget Sound


The tugboat Arthur Foss is still (last time I looked) at the south end of Lake Union in Seattle. The city parks wants to get rid of these old ships so they can build their nice tidy "maritime park." But that's another story. Robert Kotta is unfortunately no longer with us (deceased), but Mariide is still going strong singing sea chanties and songs of the sea around Puget Sound and Vancouver, B.C. You should get her to come down to S.F.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Stewart
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 06:17 PM

typo
Chorus: Oh aye Oh!


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 08:26 PM

Stewart-

I knew I could count on you to post the words to "A HUNDRED YEARS AGO." It's a fine song and a good example of how history can be brought to life.

I'm thinking there may be a few songs out there about salvage tugs.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 08:37 PM

I just had to ask


Should this thread be given "The Tug Test"?


Da Debbil made me do it...


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 08:55 PM

The tugboat goes through the middle of the house,
The middle of the house,
The middle of the house;
It comes and goes through the middle of the house
Where the waterbed used to be!

Charley Ignoble


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 08:59 PM

Perhaps that should be "The (Ig)Noble Tug Test"?


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: mg
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 09:21 PM

Geno Leach of Astoria Fisher Poet Fame has worked on salvage vessels. Don't know if they were tugs or not. mg


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Subject: Lyr Add: TUG BOAT CAPTAIN
From: oldhippie
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 09:29 PM

TUG BOAT CAPTAIN

tug boat captain he got nerves of steel
that lock ain't no wider than the eye of a needle
six coal barges ain't no fine cotton thread
and the muddy river bottom ain't no box spring bed

put on your shoes honey go grab your coat
we'll walk up to the river watch them old tug boats
i can not tell you why love grow cold
anymore than i can tell you where they're taking that coal

tug boat captain...

you & me honey we gone from bad to worse
when something big is set in motion you can't throw it in reverse
what we pushing here is heavier by far
than anything they got in that old coal barge

tug boat captain...

come on baby let's sit out on them rocks
where them kids is cat fishing let's go see what they caught
as smart as you are and as tough as i am
i think we've pushed this heavy load about as far as we can

tug boat captain...

©2003 Mike West


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 10:02 PM

I remember a while ago there was a thread here about the tug that imitated a submarine - went 'under' a bridge - even a link to a webpage with pictures.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 11:36 PM

Here, the Sloop Singers do: [with appropriate sound effect]

Tugboat pushin' that barge along
Whistle playin' that deep river song.
Smokestack black as the Hudson night
Tugboat pushin' that barge outta sight...

More will be available when I get the rest of the lyrics from a friend.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Dead Horse
Date: 10 Mar 07 - 03:40 AM

Mike West
An exceptionally good artist who made a name for himself in New Orleans.
Sadly displaced by Hurrican Katrina he now resides with his family in Kansas, I believe.
He tours extensively, so if you spot his name up for a gig near you, go see.
Its a MUST.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: semi-submersible
Date: 10 Mar 07 - 04:00 AM

On the west coast, tugs are dedicated towboats, while in the Great Lakes tugs are fishing boats. I got quite confused the first time I heard of a "fish tug."

If you can get Bob Bossin to come, you'll be in luck. He brought quite an energy onstage when I saw him doing a political show called "Dr. Bossin's Home Remedy for Nuclear War." His songwriting is excellent. Tugboats (aka Towboats) is fun and memorable. On a benefit CD I heard, Stan Rogers came in with a verse of it (the verse with the cussing).

Bossin also did a slightly shortened version of the humourous yarn The Oda G, beginning:

There once was a tug called the Oda G.
(I swear that this story is true!)
From Anchorage to Rupert, clear down to Vancouver,
She knew this old coastline as well as I do.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Mar 07 - 10:26 AM

Nice one, Mike!

Now I was thinking that Rhode Island's Jon Campbell had a song about tugboats but I can't find it on either the KEEP ON FISHING or CATCH AN' RELEASE CD's.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Flash Company
Date: 10 Mar 07 - 11:10 AM

The thread Foolestroupe referred to was 'Song Challenge:The Unsinkable Tugboat' in about Jan/Feb 2005. I (aided and abetted by Charley Noble) produced the Ballad of Tugboat Bill, based on the old Steamboat Bill song. Look it up, if you like it, feel free.

Brian Q


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: bubblyrat
Date: 10 Mar 07 - 11:36 AM

Don"t know any British songs about tugs, but I guess there ought to be some ! I read lots of books about them ,though, by Dutch author Jan de Haartog ----they were fascinating !! And Turner"s "Fighting Temeraire " painting shows an early steam-tug, towing the eponymous man-O" War to the breaker"s yard.And I used to work on a tug, called the "WEY" , on the river Thames.Better get writing, I think !!


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 11 Mar 07 - 01:04 AM

Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Mar 07 - 07:57 AM

You should probably contact Shanty Jack, who worked for years on the tugboats in the Humber. No doubt sings about them too.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Mar 07 - 12:55 PM

Art Thieme also deserves credit for his contributions to the Unsinkable Tugboat song challenge.

Couldn't find any tugboat songs on Shanty Jack's first recording MAIDEN VOYAGE (1993) but I bet he sings some.

Bubblyrat-

There must be a song about the old sidewheel tugs as pictured in "Fighting Temeraire." There is a nice example of a surviving one at the San Francisco Maritime Museum, the Eppleton Hall, a side-wheel tugboat built in England in 1914 to operate on London's River Thames.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: mg
Date: 11 Mar 07 - 01:14 PM

There is a song called the tugboat cook. It was sung by and perhaps composed by John Dwyer if I recall. mg


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: johnross
Date: 11 Mar 07 - 07:33 PM

If you include river towboats as tugboats, John Hartford wrote a bunch of songs that should be on this list, including several on his albums, "Aereo-Plain" and "Mark Twang".

Also, look for the Folkways album, "Bunkhouse and Forecastle Songs of the Northwest" by Stanley Triggs. It includes the original version of "The Oda G." and several other tugboat songs. The album doesn't include "The Wreck of the Green Cove," which is another of his tugboat songs: http://cfmb.icaap.org/content/30.1/BV30-1art5.pdf.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SWIVEL
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Mar 07 - 08:20 PM

Wow! Did I find an interesting website about salvage tugs: click here for website

Here's one of their poems:


THE SWIVEL
(Anon.)

Here on the battle-scarred Atlantic
There steams a salvage tug gigantic
Short-handed and three-fourths reserve
She don't get the credit that she deserves
We have our radio and bridge gang too
The engineers and deck force make up the crew
We also carry divers seven told
And they bunk down below in the salvage hold

United and faithful we all stand together
And manage to ride the worst kind of weather
Not very scared though mostly alone
We'll move with our tows through any war zone
At times we wonder what it's like to fight
As we dodge the subs during the night
At times we are not so lucky of course
As we maneuver around an enemy task force
Millimeters fly and depth chargers fall
Yes, yes, even a tug can be on the ball

Now mates on the wagons and flat tops too
We have our work but still envy you
And like all others we know that it's true
The heavy fighting is left to you
But when the battle is over and the clean-up begins
Fighters stand out and the tug steams in
Swivel's the name just a tug
But the beaches to her are just like a rug
She'll clear them and clear them and even do more
And believe me without her you couldn't win the war.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Willie-O
Date: 12 Mar 07 - 09:08 AM

So, Charley, that's definitely the longest song title I've ever seen.

Got the lyrics? ;)


"Snap the line tight", (by Vic Bell, recorded by James Keelaghan) is about log salvaging, not tugboats as such, although tugging is certainly part of the game.

Summer Wages is one of my all-time favourite songs, but it's not really about tugboats or towboats. The protagonist could be logging, mining or working in the oilpatch for all the difference it would make to the song.

Farley Mowat wrote two great books about salvage tugs in the North Atlantic: "Grey Seas Under"(1959 and "The Serpent's Coil"(1961). Lots of good yarns in there. I believe Stan Rogers used one of them as the basis for his song "Wreck of the Athens Queen". Another story Mowat relates is crying out to be made into a song about perseverance. It tells of a single voyage during which a salvage tug made seven Atlantic crossings (roughly) to respond to vessels which needed assistance and never got a line on a single one. I have this vision of an old cabdriver in Halifax on a slow night finally getting a fare after hours of waiting, and the passenger saying, "must be frustrating, all that waiting, eh?", to which the cabdriver responds, "Nah, blink of an eye. Let me tell y'a story from m'younger days, me son..." (you can have that idea for free).

But I digress. A great song which is indisputably about the west coast towboat life: "Wreck of the Green Cove", by "Triggs", recorded by Gordon Bok on "Return to the Land".   

W-O


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 12 Mar 07 - 12:29 PM

Well, the guy in summer wages works on the towboats..he says so..then the towboat or tugboat goes through the straits of Georgia I presume...hard to tow a mine or an oilfield behind a towboat.which I call tugboats..

Now, weren't towboats originally what was towed in the canals? By hand or mule or whatever?

I know it is a term rarely heard by me in the states but often in Canada..mg


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Marion
Date: 12 Mar 07 - 03:04 PM

What about the Girl Guide song "Barges"? (thread about it here) I'm not a nautical afficianado, but aren't barges another name for tugboats or something similar?

Marion


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Mar 07 - 04:47 PM

Willi-o-

"Snap the Line Tight" features a halibut boat. It's a fine song but I'd veto any points for it as a tugboat song.

"Barges"? That's quite a stretch. Tugboats sometimes tow barges but that doesn't make barges tugboats.

"Canal boats" are not tugboats either.

Oh, give me a tugboat that will carry two,
And both will tow, meself and you!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 12 Mar 07 - 05:05 PM

No, a canal boat is not a tugboat...but was the original name for towboats? mg


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Mar 07 - 05:22 PM

80's rock band Galaxie 500 had a song called 'Tugboat', about wanting to be a tugboat captain.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 12 Mar 07 - 10:38 PM

Thank you all very much for your suggestions. Much appreciated!

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: bubblyrat
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 05:44 PM

Hey Charley Noble !! I just spent an hour looking at the ships and the men on the USS Swivel tugboat site that you found ! I think it is absolutely fascinating !! I guess Hollywood will never make a war film about those guys, but what tales they had to tell----I was amazed ! Thankyou, Charley.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 06:41 PM

Bubblyrat-

You're more than welcome. It seemed like the real stuff, rather then what armchair skippers such as I would create.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Mar 07 - 02:31 AM

Harry Robertson's first song (??) was called "Deep Sea Tug" and was based on his experiences around the end of the Second World War on a naval tug working around northern Scotland.

It has been published somewhere - "Penguin Book of Sea Songs" seems to ring a bell.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: vectis
Date: 14 Mar 07 - 04:08 PM

Ken Stevens from Southampton (UK) wrote one called Dumbo about a dutch tug.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 14 Mar 07 - 05:23 PM

"Hollywood will never make a war film about those guys"

Well the film about 'Mr Roberts" would be close...


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 02:45 PM

"The Wreck of the Green Cove" is a great song, and pretty funny until everyone dies except the singer--but they were all jerks anyway.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 04:33 PM

Tug Boat

Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: mg
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 05:19 PM

OK....we in the northwest are going to make a tugboat CD. It has been declared. Northwest people and tugboats first and foremost, others as room allows. Possibly can submit something prerecorded if it conforms to the standards to be set by sound engineer..but it will be up to him. mg


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: mg
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 06:02 PM

I have something on a compilation disk..Wilfred says wait and let it come to you Wilfred ought to know 35 years on the Straits of Georgia towboats..

Sounds like Stan Rogers singing..plus others..anyone know? mg


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 06:04 PM

There will soon be a tug song on the Yorkshire Garland website which will be completely downloadable. It is called The Trip and it's all about a day in the life of a Tom Pudding tug on the Aire nad Calder Canal in Yorkshire. It was written by Gezz Overington c1970. The tug Wheldale which I crew on was 50 this year. You can find all about this unique tug system on the Sobriety website The Yorkshire Waterways Museum.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 10:46 PM

Mary, that song is "Towboats," which was written by Bob Bossin as I noted above and recorded by nis band, Stringband. (Chanteyranger did end up getting Mr. Bossin down for the tugboat festival, and a good time was had by all.)

You are correct; that was Stan Rogers singing the third verse; in fact, I believe that was the first time he was ever recorded.

Cheers,
Claire


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 11:28 PM

There was a thread about Henderson's "Thirty Ton Line" a couple of years back.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 05:40 AM

Following several TV performances this year, three concerts in the Royal Albert Hall (two televised) for the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 2014 British Legion remembrance concert, the currently best known song about tugs is probably Jim Radford's 'Shores of Normandy' recounting his trip as a Galley Boy on the deep sea tug Empire Larch in 1944 - towing the Corncob convoy for the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches. The lyrics are available on a separate thread here on Mudcat.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 05:56 AM

Jeff Warner....?

I seem to remember a song he had on the subject. Perhaps I'm wrong.


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Subject: RE: Who sings about tugboats?
From: Mr Red
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 05:01 AM

tugboats are a-coming thing.


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