Boomer (formerly known as Captain Harry) was once found floating adrift in the Estuary in the episode Jinxed, by Ten Cents and Sunshine, where he revealed to the switchers that he was a jinx. Ten Cents was very skeptical about the jinx and didn't believe that he was actually jinxed; however after many incidents seemingly triggered by Ten Cents sounding his whistle, Sunshine encouraged Ten Cents not to doubt the jinx. After he was repaired at Lucky's Yard, Captain Star decided that Boomer was to become a houseboat. He now resides at an Up River jetty labelled Dun Tuggin', where he can relax all day, with the jinx having finally left him.
Boomer was formerly named Captain Harry. After he was sold, and his name changed to Boomer, the problem began, or so he claimed. Boomer was the only tug besides the original seven to become a Star Tug during the series, even if it was only for a very short period. He was also a Z-Stack for a brief time where he helped Zip and Zug with a munitions contract, but after a barge exploded, Captain Zero sold him back to Captain Star. Captain Star decided to give Boomer one last chance at sailing out at sea with a schooner in hopes that nothing would go wrong. Unfortunately, Fire Tug brought both Boomer and a schooner with a burnt out sail back into the harbour. Boomer said it was from lightning, but Fire Tug believed it to be a spark from his stack that caused the misfortune.
After all the events, Captain Star sent Boomer to Lucky's Yard where he was turned into a houseboat, and rest in an area Up River known as Dun Tuggin, which is a pun to mention that he is done being a tugboat. Boomer likes this, as the jinx had finally gone away.
Although Boomer was turned into a houseboat at the end of Jinxed, he can be seen as a harbour tug docked with some barges in the background of the episode, Up River. With this exception, he was never seen in the series again since TUGS only lasted for 13 episodes (including Salty's Lighthouse).
Boomer speaks with an Irish accent.
As a result of his chronic bad luck, Boomer was rather pessimistic, sarcastic, and bitter. He also showed some suicidal tendencies when first introduced, not caring if a ship ran him down out in the estuary, or if he sank. However, he was just as goodhearted as any other tug, and was always most concerned about the impact his jinx had on others. Once his problems were cured, he happily started anew, with a much more positive attitude.
Behind the Scenes
According to sources, Boomer is voiced by British actor Lee Cornes of the show Grange Hill; Cornes also provides the voices of Grampus, Billy Shoepack and the Coast Guard. In Salty's Lighthouse Boomer appears in two episodes, in which he experienced two very different adventures; in one episode he lost his 'bad luck' by successfully towing the schooner, and in the other one, he fails as in the original TUGS, and then became a 'vacation boat' in a story Ten Cents told to Zug. Like Hercules and Warrior, Boomer is one of the few tugs to have hair visible beneath his hat. Boomer's history reflects the naval superstition that changing the name of a ship invokes bad-luck.
- Boomer's model was made from Sea Rogue's uncle.
- Boomer's model was sold to The Star Tugs Company without a face mask.
- When the remotes for the tugs were brought around, there was a tiny remain of one of Boomer's face masks (showing his hair). It is unknown which face mask this belonged to.
- It is currently unknown if Boomer's other face masks still remain in existence.