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Tugboats & visit on a real tug, with author / architect Paul Farrell
Custom House Maritime Museum
New London, CT
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Saturday Oct 07, 2017 3:00 PM - Saturday Oct 07, 2017 5:00 PM | $12.00 - $16.00


Tugboats & visit on a real tug, with author / architect Paul Farrell
October 7, Saturday, at 3 PM.
$16, $12 NLMS members

"Tugboats Illustrated: History, Technology, Seamanship" presented by Paul Ferrell, author and illustrator

The story behind the story: 25 years of writing, drawing and assembling the story of tugs

-- following the talk, we will visit a real tugboat on the New London waterfront.

In TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED, architect Paul Farrell tugboat enthusiast and masterful artistbrings his passion to a volume that details every aspect of tugs and their work, from the little boom boats that corral riverborne logs near sawmills to the massive ocean salvage vessels that are often as big as the ships they tow.

Throughout this labor of lovewhich took a quarter century to completeFarrell uses his own wonderful sketches and diagrams as well as historic and contemporary photographs, artistic renditions, unusual documentation, and detailed engineering diagrams to unveil the rare beauty of the tugboat and how the design and manufacture of these tough little vessels accompanied the rapid pace of shipbuilding all over the world. From the purpose-driven yet elegant physics of propeller design to the frustrating limits of early diesel engines, from the beloved childrens favorite Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky to the intricacies of a tow cable, TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATEDs text and images provide a comprehensive understanding of the technology and philosophy that drive these low-slung floating engines.

Farrell also investigates the many aspects of life on a tugboat, as well as the different shiphandling methods that have developed as captains and crews take on the varied challenges presented by luxury liners, tankers, vehicle carriers, barges, oil exploration rigs, and pretty much every other kind of boat afloat and seeking assistance when coming into or going out of the harbor. Farrell notes that tugs are like no other vessels in sturdiness of construction, power in relation to size, and the boat-handling ability of their crews.

The work of an insightful and creative observer, TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED explores the emotional resonance of these waterfront workhorses, showing how the environment and the complex challenges tugs faced shaped the industrial development and the increasingly important role of the high-thrust, low-speed boats that prowl the worlds rivers, canals, and seaports to ensure that shipping flows smoothly. Part tribute, part catalog, part users guide, and part scrapbook, TUGBOATS ILLUSTRATED is a singular work of art, blending technology and design with history and human interest.

About the Author: Paul Farrell is an architect with a lifelong enthusiasm for tugboats and the working waterfront. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Who doesnt love a tugboat? Stubby strivers of the seas, stalwart, strong, and stable, they speak to a need for stability amidst the churn. Cambridge architect Paul Farrell channels deep admiration and interest for the tug into a beautiful ode to the workhorses of the waterways in a book thats been 20 years in the making. Tugboats Illustrated: History, Technology,  Seamanship (Norton) has a scrapbookish feel. Photographs spanning
centuries show all sorts of tugs in action; the sketches are done by Farrell himself showing an architects elegant precision. You will learn about the boat, its history, its workings, the way it moves, but more than that, the book is a look into a minds enthusiasm, and this mind is curious, sharp, engaged, and passionate. What interests me is the interplay between ideas, the things people build and the environment that shapes how they build them, Farrell writes.
-- Nina MacLaughlin, Boston Globe

We thank the Thames Towboat Co. for generously providing the tug.  
Tugs Illustrated by Paul Farrell is available in the MUSEUM SHOP.

New London Maritime Society - nicely nautical


Custom House Maritime Museum (View)
150 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320
United States


Arts > Literary
Arts > Visual
Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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