Munitions is the 5th episode of TUGS.
The towing of naval munitions vessels is indeed a very important job. One such vessel in particular, a tramper named Kraka-Toa, is being towed by Hercules. All is going well until Bluenose, the officious naval tug, comes along. Uppity Bluenose says that Hercules may not continue on until he has made an inspection. Hercules steams off, finished with the run, ignoring him.
Hercules speaks to O.J., complaining about Bluenose. O.J. tells him he has been having the same problem, over some buoys. He tells him how munitions and fuel are being loaded aboard the same ship, which is very very dangerous. Hercules goes to have a rest at the coal depot. Bluenose comes by, still being overbearingly bossy, before moving on to bothering the Fire Chief too.
At the Star Pier, Captain Star informs the tugs they will be carrying munitions for the Navy; the Z-Stacks having the explosives. Warrior is given garbage detail, Top Hat is to transport car floats, Ten Cents is sent to Lucky's Yard to pickup oil to take to the Naval yard and Sunshine is to pickup Mighty Mo to take home. Captain Star thanks Big Mac for winning the steel contract, and tells him to collect the last girder barge.
The Z-Stacks, meanwhile, are picking up the explosives, which are to be delivered to the Naval tramper, Kraka-Toa.
Ten Cents, now with the oil barge, is ordered about by Bluenose, who tells him to move out of the way. Bluenose purposely scraps the barge, which makes Ten Cents very cross indeed.
Night falls. Big Mickey the crane is transferring the munitions to Kraka-Toa. Bluenose arrives and starts his riot. He says the barges which is being unloaded should be moved, which would be a very wrong thing to do. Bluenose does not listen to anyone, and ends up bumping the barge hard, disturbing the munitions, resulting in a fire starting. The tugs present make sure to stay out of the way, but Bluenose is unable to because his engine has failed from shock. Ten Cents bravely tows him out of the danger zone. The fire continues, explosions going off all the while. Big Mickey's dock catches fire, and collapses, taking Big Mickey into the water with it. Kraka-Toa then catches fire.
Further away, Top Hat is towing Frank and Eddie, the rail floats. They see the lights in the sky. Eddie thinks there is “a dockside celebration”. Top Hat replies, “If there was a party, I would have been invited". Suddenly, Sunshine and the Fire Chief rush by, on the way to the fire.
Puffa, the steam powered tank engine, has not noticed the goings-on, and is right in the way. The tugs shout and whistle to warn him, and he makes it out of there just in the nick of time. But, suddenly, the Star line oil barge catches fire and Ten Cents makes a risky move by trying to jump in to move it.
Nearby, Warrior and Lord Stinker, the garbage barge, see the lights in the sky too. Warrior leaves Lord Stinker at the dock and rushes to the scene.
The Fire Chief has now finally arrived, ordering everyone to stay back. O.J. informs how it was Bluenose’s fault. The Fire Chief tells Sunshine to douse the flames with the fire barge. Ten Cents continues with the oil barge, to push it out to sea. Warrior arrives, and is told by the Fire Chief to use his fire hose. Warrior goes to do just that. Sunshine bravely fights the fire, while Warrior is hit square in the face by a bit of debris; The Fire Chief insists he move out, but Warrior refuses and mentions how he is looking after Puffa, who has been badly stung. He then tells Zorran to help him with the other fire barge in an attempt to save Kraka-Toa. Zorran cannot see the barge doing much good, but he agrees to help the Fire Chief. Out at sea, Ten Cents is still pushing the burning oil barge. Suddenly, he notices it is starting to smoke. Realising it will explode, Ten Cents reverses. There is a large explosion. Sunshine sees it and is worried Ten Cents is in the blast, but he is not allowed to go and help his friend. The Fire Chief relieves Zorran and warns everyone that Kraka-Toa is moving. She sinks into the water with one final blast out of her smokestack, but thanks to Sunshine and Warrior, the fire did not spread towards the city. Top Hat arrives, rather too late. The Z-Stacks then make fun of him.
The next morning, the tugs think Ten Cents has not made it. But before they can salute the brave tug, a familiar toot is heard in the near distance and then appears Ten Cents. He is covered from stack to bumper in soot. He explains how the oil barge exploded, and how he could not make it due to the water in his engine. But thankfully, Grampus rescued him. And with that, Grampus, laughing heartily, tows a disgraced and still stunned Bluenose away. Then Captain Star gives a lesson on the dangers of fire as Grampus hauls Bluenose out to sea.
- Captain Star (narration only)
- Ten Cents
- Top Hat
- Big Mickey
- Fire Tug
- Frank and Eddie
- Kraka-Toa (does not speak)
- Puffa (does not speak)
- Zug (cameo)
- Zip (cameo)
- Coast Guard (cameo)
- Izzy Gomez (cameo)
- Captain Zero (mentioned)
VHS Version Exclusive
Munitions was first released on VHS in 1988 by Castle Vision and was released along with the episode 4th of July.
Munitions was re-released on VHS in 1990 by Castle Vision along with 4th of July to match the style of the of video release covers.
It was released a 3rd time in 1990 by Castle Vision under the Playbox range of videos with the same episodes.
In 1992, TV Tokyo Video and TAKARA had released the television version of the episode on home video.