Vancouver is Canada's gateway to the Pacific and the Far Last, boasting one of the world's largest and finest natural harbours.
LS Pen Vancouver harbour.
MCS Tug, as she tows ship in to berth.
MLS Tugs bring in freighter.
MCS Worker on tug throws line to dock.
MS-LA Crew members standing at ship's bow.
CS Two men watch.
LS Tug working in harbour towing railroad oil cars.
MCS Tug with load of coal.
MS Tug with load of coal.
MS Tug pulling load of lumber.
CS Lumber on barges.
MCS Tug pulling lumber (towards camera)
CS Tugboat captain.
MS Workers securing lines to log raft.
CS Worker on tug watching.
MS Tug starts to move.
LS from rear of tug - huge log raft being towed.
MS Raft, tilt down to water.
MS Tugs pulling raft.
LS Tug and raft approach Vancouver harbour.
MLS Tug "Cambrian Salvor" in harbour.
CS Name "Cambrian Salvor"
MS Worker painting, equipment being lowered on board.
CMS Cable lowered on deck.
CS Crewman at cable.
MS Tug moves into position for tow.
MCS Crew working.
CS Seaman inspects chains.
MS Freighter to be towed.
MS Crew securing chains.
CS Officer watching.
MCS Chain, as tug starts to move.
MS "Cambrian Salvor" starts towing freighter.
MS "Cambrian Salvor"
LS Tug and freighter on their way.
MS Tug approaches big sand barge.
CS Boy attaches cable to barge.
MS Tug towing huge barge (under bridge)
MS Tug towing huge barge
MLS Harbour area, rows of tugs tied up.
CS Man in office on phone.
CS Tug captain talking on phone.
MS Boy unties tug, it moves out of harbour
MS Travelling shot - passing rows of tugs in harbour.
MS Two tugs on their way to the job.
MS Two tugs on their way to the job. - ship in BG
MS as tugs reach ship.
MS Pan along ship ("Kristin Bakke")
MCS Line is lowered to tug.
MS Second tug pushes from stem.
MLS "Kristin Bakke" as tugs work, Vancouver in BG.
LS "Kristin Bakke" berthed in harbour Vancouver in BG.
Producer: Isobel Kehoe
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Background: Vancouver is Canada's gateway to the Pacific and the Far Last, boasting one of the world's largest and finest natural harbours. Open to navigation year round, it is land locked, well sheltered and spacious -- deep enough for the largest ships afloat. Over sixty deepsea steamship lines maintain regular services to and from Vancouver.
As well as the big ships that ply the seven seas, four hundred small and large tugs and five hundred scows and barges make Vancouver just about the busiest seaport in North America. With movement by water still the cheapest form of transportation, big and small industries have settled around the Vancouver area to take advantage of the water highway afforded by the creeks and inlets running into the harbour area.
There has been a quiet revolution in coastal shipping in British Columbia in the past few years. Coastal ships are losing their freight to barges pulled by the harbour work horse -- the tug boat. Vancouver boasts more tug barge registration than any port in North America.
The tugs berth the big freighters from all over the globe --- tow the railroad freight cars from Vancouver to Vancouver Island -- tug loads of coal, pulp, lumber - log rafts from northern waters to the mills along the southern coast. The big ocean tug Cambrian Salvor has made several trips from U.S. and Canadian Pacific ports to Japan with "big tows" -- old ships to be refurbished in the Japanese shipyards.
The comic looking little tugs are always on call, waiting for the ocean giants to ask for aid -- to push, pull and settle them in their berths -- to unload and load the wealth of nations -- a small cog in the wheel of trade reciprocity.