The old seahorse. No, no, it is not the captain of the ship. He is the old sea salt, you see. The narrator of this short note on the impressively admirable ship towing luling la enterprise has lost count of the number of years that this old salt has been on the deck of his ancient ship. And he has not yet seen fit to retire from the roaring seas. As old as the hills, you would say, but he still has that art of applying horsepower and precision, at the ready and on captain’s orders over the decks.
This old sea salt is no Captain Ahab. He respects the sea. He respects all the natural elements that it contains. But while he is not mad like Ahab, the ship-towing captain is not afraid of the sea. His hard life at sea is made more bearable by that old seahorse. They call it a ship-towing vessel. To many, it has always been called a tug or tug-boat. To tug. To pull. And this boat tugs the ship, see. This vessel has to be used when large ocean going fishing trawlers, oil tankers, cargo vessels and large luxury cruise liners, even luxury yachts, need to be brought to port or to leave port.
But these old tug-boats are important vessels out at sea as well. They are crucial during salvage operations when ships are in distress. How bad does it need to get before the ship-towing vessel needs to come to the rescue? It is quite possible that the distressed ship could be on the brink of sinking, that’s how bad. That old seahorse. While she may still be negotiating the choppy waters, many new ultra-modern ship-towing vessels have joined the ranks.