"Dynamite's excitin' stuff - makes lovely big bangs! Fairly harmless if you know how to handle it, like I do."
Billy Shoepack, Trapped


Billy Shoepack
  • Tug Type: Alligator Tug
  • Affiliation: Salvage Fleet
  • Nationality: British

Billy Shoepack is an alligator tug who is a member of the Salvage Fleet. He speaks with a strong West Country accent.


In his first appearance, Billy Shoepack was described to be just as dangerous as a real alligator due to his personality and common occupation of transporting dynamite. However, after he helped the Star Tugs and Zug out of an unusual situation, they came to appreciate him. In his second and final appearance, Up River, he helped Sunshine out of a burning logjam. Unfortunately, the blast caused the logs to be washed downstream, out of control, so he got a few thanks.

His whistle has 2 middle-to-low pitches with a distinct whooping noise.
Billy Shoepack Hooter 1

Behind the Scenes

Interestingly, Billy's wheelhouse did not move in Trapped, nor did his facial expression change unlike any of the other characters. In Up River, however, his wheelhouse does move and he has various different faces, like the other tugs.

Billy's face masks were sculpted by model maker, Jeremy King, who formerly worked on TUGS' sister series Thomas & Friends.



Voice Actors



  • After Tugs' production ended, Billy Shoepack's model was purchased by The Star Tugs Company, an organisation which aimed to restore and preserve the models.
    • At first, he was bought without a face mask, but he was then reunited with his face masks (minus his happy face mask) in 2014 when the owner came to 1 of the events with his face masks by complete surprise. This was also the case with Big Mac and the Fire Tug. Replicas of the missing face have been made using the original moulding.


Salvage Fleet
Billy ShoepackSunshine (formerly)Billy's Barges

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