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GUEST Who sings about tugboats? (60* d) RE: Who sings about tugboats? 06 May 19


Jim Radford sings a number of songs about tugs, although he tends not to call them 'tugboats' as he mainly sings about Deep Sea Tugs which are ocean-going ships that go around the world. He did in fact sail as a deckie on a small harbour and inshore tug before going deep-sea in 1944 but his best known song is 'The Shores of Normandy' about the tugs that participated in the Normandy invasion on D-Day. Jim also sings Harry Robertson's 'The Deep Sea Tug' and the 'T124T Song', which is his own composition (T124T were the articles signed by most of the men who served in the wartime RN Rescue Tugs). His song 'How I Learned to Cook' was written for a musical event on the theme of food but is also an amusing (and realistic) account of what life was like for a Galley Boy on an ocean-going tug in WWII.

Jim often gives talks about the wartime role of tugs and the T124T Rescue Tugs (based in Campbeltown in Scotland and Harwich on the East Coast) and shows the documentary film 'Mayday - Tugs Of War' which includes interviews with many of the men who crewed these ships. He invariably includes one or two songs in his presentations.


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