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Billy Shoepack

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"Oh! Tell him to clear off Ten Cents, flames and dynamite don't mix!"
Sunshine, "Up River"

Billy Shoepack
Billy Shoepack

Billy Shoepack is an alligator tug, belonging to the Salvage Fleet. He speaks with a strong West Country accent.

In his first appearance, Trapped, he is described to be just as dangerous as a real alligator due to his personality and common occupation of transporting dynamite. However, after he helps The Star Tugs and Zug out of an unusual situation, the others learn better sense of the tug. In his second and final appearance, Up River, he helped Sunshine out of a pile of logs that he was trapped under. Unfortunately, Shoepack's help caused the logs to be washed downstream, out of control, so he got few thanks.

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 facemasks were sculpted by modelmaker, Jeremy King. Who was formerly on TUGS' sister series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.


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  • His model was sold to The Star Tugs Trust, and it is currently without a facemask. He was reunited with his facemasks in 2014 when the owner came by and donated The Trust his facemasks. This was the case with characters Big Mac and the Fire Tug.


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