The largest sea evacuation in history was on 9/11. The Coast Guard had let out an "all available vessels call", and almost 100 boats responded, ranging from tugboats to ferries to yachts. insh.world/history/the-gr…
In 1980 a drilling rig in Lake Peigneur drilled into a mine underneath the lake causing the lake to drain, a connecting canal to flow backward, the highest waterfall in LA, and 400-foot geysers. Eleven barges, the drilling rig, one tugboat, and 65 acres were destroyed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
SS Petriana (an oil tanker) was wrecked 200 meters (660 ft) off the Australian coast, but its crew were not allowed to land in Australia and forced to stay on a crowded tugboat for several days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
In 2013 Harrison Okene, a cook aboard a Nigerian tugboat, was the only survivor of a crew of 12 when the boat sank. Trapped 100 feet below the surface, he survived for 72 hours in an air pocket before being rescued by Dutch divers from a nearby oil rig who had been sent in to recover the bodies. nypost.com/2013/12/04/nig…
, in 2013, an expedition to recover bodies from a tugboat sunk at 30 meter depth, found one survivor trapped in an air bubble, in pitch black, after 3 days theguardian.com/world/201…
Landlocked country of Mongolia maintains a Navy which consists of 1 tugboat and 7 sailors, 6 of whom do not know how to swim.The boat is placed in Mongolia's largest lake & after privatization of the Navy by the government it now supplements its income by hauling freight and tourists around cntraveler.com/story/visi…
The Cuyahoga River was once so polluted by refinery waste that it disintegrated the hulls of tugboats. popularmechanics.com/scie…
Mongolia's Navy is comprised of 1 tugboat and 7 sailors, making it the smallest in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The landlocked country of Mongolia has the smallest navy in the world. It is a single tugboat with a crew of seven, located in Lake Khovsgol which is surrounded entirely by Mongolian territory. amusingplanet.com/2018/09…
Every night in Providence, RI, skyscrapers, tugboats, hotels, and police cars flash and blink their lights on and off at 8:30 to tell kids at children's hospitals good night boston.com/news/local-new…
One minute each night, skyscrapers, tugboats, hotels, a yacht club and police cruisers send a blinking goodnight message to sick kids inside Hasbro children’s hospital Providence. R.I. pressherald.com/2016/09/3…
The British Navy had a tugboat called the HMS Blackcock en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
In 1918, a lone German U-boat attacked a tugboat off of the coast of Cape Cod. The U-boat had terrible aim and accidentally shelled the beach while locals gathered to watch in confusion. This was the only time US soil was hit by enemy fire during WWI. massmoments.org/moment.cf…
The city of Hamburg holds an annual tugboat festival commemorating the establishment of its port. One weekend in May, eight tugboats perform choreographed movements for about an hour to the tunes of waltz and other dance music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tug…
Russia's only aircraft carrier is so unreliable it has to be accompanied by a small fleet of tugboats whenever it is deployed medium.com/war-is-boring/…
Drilling in Lake Peigneur resulted in accidentally draining the entire lake into a mine, creating a massive vortex which swallowed 11 barges and a tugboat. The ocean flowed backwards into the lakebed, and it's now a saltwater lake. youtube.com/watch?v=0Wx-c…
An annual tugboat ballet has been held in Hamburg harbour during the festival commemorating the anniversary of the establishment of a port in Hamburg. On a weekend in May, eight tugboats perform choreographed movements for about an hour to the tunes of waltz and other sorts of dancing music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tug…
The Titanic nearly rammed another ship just minutes into its maiden voyage, and was saved by a tugboat named Vulcan; missing by only 4 feet and delaying the Titanic for an hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
The Mongolian navy consists of a single tugboat manned by seven men tydknow.com/did-you-know-…
That, on 21 July 1918, a German submarine attacked Orleans, Massachusetts, hitting a tugboat and four barges, as well as striking the beach with shells. This was the only time that the continental United States was shelled during World War I. news.wgbh.org/post/attack…
San Francisco got its official flag in 1900 when the mayor realized there was no official mark on a city tugboat greeting soldiers returning from war in the Philippines. He offered $50 for the best design: a phoenix rising from fire over the phrase, β€œGold in peace. Iron in war.” crwflags.com/fotw/flags/u…
There is an artificial reef off the coast of Delaware made of 714 NYC subway cars, 86 tanks, 8 tugboats, and 3,000 tons of old truck tires en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
A submarine supporting the filming of The Hunt For Red October accidently snagged a tow cable between a tugboat and barge and dragged the 97 ton boat under water. articles.dailypress.com/1…
In 2013 a Nigerian cook was found alive after three days in a capsized tugboat about 100ft underwater. nydailynews.com/news/worl…
The Mongolian "Navy" consists of one tugboat in a lake with a crew of seven, where only one can swim. cominganarchy.com/2007/07…
Since 1980, an annual tugboat ballet has been held in Hamburg harbour where eight tugboats perform choreographed dance to the tunes of waltz and other sorts of dancing music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tug…
Today I learned of a Virginian state governor that personally led a successfully expedition in the Chesapeake against Oyster Pirates on a tugboat and freighter in 1882 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
During WWII a ship wrecked on the deserted Skeleton Coast of Namibia. In the course of the rescue effort, an aeroplane got stuck in the sand and later crashed at sea, a tugboat ran aground, and an overland rescue party got lost in the desert. books.google.co.za/books?…
Today I learned that when huge commercial ships come into port, a "pilot" from the port goes out on a tugboat, boards the ship and brings the ship into dock (assisted by the tugboats).
In 2002, a tugboat captain blacked out and his two barges crashed into a highway bridge over the Arkansas river. A 580 foot span of the bridge fell into the water and numerous cars drove of the bridge into the water at full speed. 14 people died, 5 survived. youtube.com/watch?feature…

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