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.

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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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