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A steam tug towing a large sailing ship off the Surrey Docks.

A steam tug towing a large sailing ship off the Surrey Docks.
A steam tug towing a large sailing ship off the Surrey Docks.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H1808
Description: The unglamorous, but industrious little ships of London's tug fleet were the workhorses of the Thames. They provided a vital service, towing vessels in and out of the docks. They were also used to tow trains of dumb barges that were laden with goods up and down the river.
Creator: Thacker
Date: 1884-85
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London. Thacker collection.
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