Tugboat Forceful

Brisbane River Tugboat - Forceful

It was good to see Forceful, a Brisbane River tugboat on the river today. She was returning to her home at the Maritime Museum after a ‘check-up’, being pulled by one smaller tug and pushed by another.

Forceful was launched in Glasgow in 1925 and after a well-travelled and exciting career, became the Brisbane River’s last coal-powered tugboat, finally retiring in 1970.

You can visit her at the Queensland Maritime Museum which is also the new home for Ella’s Pink Lady.


About Dianne McLay

Australian writer, author and photographer. Author of 3 guidebooks: Brisbane's Best Bush, Bay & City Walks -- Best of Brisbane guide book -- Best Village & Coastal Walks of the Sunshine Coast. Photographer for "Building Brisbane's History - the fascinating stories behind the city's most notable buildings and structures" Editor of www.brisbaneandbeyond.com.au www.photocompetitions.com.au
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3 Responses to Tugboat Forceful

  1. Louise says:

    I look forward to taking my boys to see the new addition to the museum. Fantastic piece of Brissie history.

  2. the foto fanatic says:

    Yes, what a surprise! I was watching from Teneriffe, directly opposite where you took this photo.

    I wonder where the old girl had been? I know she sometimes takes passengers out on the bay – I hope there wasn’t a breakdown somewhere.

    • Dianne McLay says:

      Forceful was having a check-up to see what works need doing to get her sea-worthy. The Maritime Museum tells me it will cost a lot and they don’t have enough funding at the moment so she’ll just have to stay at the Museum.

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