tug


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tug

a boat with a powerful engine, used for towing barges, ships, etc.
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Once again an order went down to the engine-room, and the tug reduced speed.
Evidently they thought they were witnessing an exhibition of poor seamanship, and they yelled their warnings to the tug to reduce speed and throw the helm hard to port.
Two of the gun-crew went down; the other trained their piece at the water-line of the oncoming tug. The balance of those on deck replied to our small-arms fire, directing their efforts toward the man at our wheel.
I saw the helmsman lunge forward upon the wheel, pulling the helm around so that the tug sheered off quickly from her course, and I recall realizing that all our efforts were to be in vain, because of all the men aboard, Fate had decreed that this one should fall first to an enemy bullet.
My boche was bearing me toward the side of the submarine against which the tug was still pounding.
Then I sprang toward the edge of the deck closest to the girl upon the sinking tug.
The little tug came screaming around, and before any of the passengers on the deck above had any idea of what was happening, Mr.
It seems absurd to compare a tug boat skipper to a centaur: but he reminded me some how of an engraving in a little book I had as a boy, which represented centaurs at a stream, and there was one, especially in the foreground, prancing bow and arrows in hand, with regular severe features and an immense curled wavy beard, flowing down his breast.
'Indeed?' returned Clennam, upon whom this impression was so efficiently made by a mere gleam of the polished head that he spoke the ship instead of the Tug. 'The people are so poor there?'
I asked him when this had happened; and he told me that it was three days after parting from the tug, just outside the channel--to be precise.
Powell watched the tugs coming in quietly through the open gates.
Even the tugs, now with their engines stopped, were approaching her without a ripple, the burly-looking paddle-boat sheering forward, while the other, a screw, smaller and of slender shape, made for her quarter so gently that she did not divide the smooth water, but seemed to glide on its surface as if on a sheet of plate-glass, a man in her bow, the master at the wheel visible only from the waist upwards above the white screen of the bridge, both of them so still-eyed as to fascinate young Powell into curious self-forgetfulness and immobility.