There’s much to like, much to do, much to see at Mystic Seaport’s newest exhibit, TUGS! Who can predict what will trigger a memory or experience regarding a tugboat?
Before the “official” opening of the TUGS! exhibit in the Museum’s Schaefer Exhibit Hall, I was making a quick overview tour and was impressed with what I saw. To be sure, I will return for a more in-depth look and listen. However, there was one thing that particularly caught my eye, and specifically shows how many people are personally linked to the world of tugs.
There is a spot in the exhibit with 4×6 cards where visitors can write down and share their personal “Tug Tale.” As I read through those that were displayed, I was struck by the wide gamut of feelings and experiences they covered.
One person recalled a tug escorting him by the Statue of Liberty, seeing her for the first time. A couple who always loved tugs ended up buying their own pleasure tug and have traveled the Great Loop. Two men remarked about working on tugs at Electric Boat. Another recalls, as a young boy, watching his dad’s ship in Chesapeake Bay being moved out to sea by a tug prior to assuming his naval assignment. And last, but most romantic, a woman recalls her boyfriend telling her he loved her while they were aboard the tug, Robert McAllister.
Maybe you have a “tug tale” to add. Be sure to share when you visit Mystic Seaport’s TUGS! exhibit. For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org/tugs.
Blog written by Trudi Busey