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Salty's Lighthouse is a children's series created by Nina I. Hahn and produced by Sunbow Entertainment, seen on the TLC network (During "Ready Set Learn"). It was first broadcast in 1997. The show featured cartoon animated segments of a boy named Salty with his animal friends in a lighthouse, as well as live action segments made from edited and re-dubbed TUGS footage. Music for the series was composed by Chase Rucker Productions. The series was produced in association with the Bank Street College of Education, New York. 40 ten-minute episodes were produced.

Comparisons with TUGS

  • The original plotlines of TUGS, aimed at an older audience than Salty's Lighthouse, were not used in the series. Instead, the existing footage was re-edited and dubbed into newly-written stories, relating to the moral lesson of the episode it featured in. As a result from different TUGS episodes being edited together, continuity errors are visible, including characters' barges differing in sequential scenes, Sunshine's model constantly changing from his original white paintwork to his yellow paintwork, smoke retreating back into stacks in reversed scenes, daylight scenes in nighttime scenes, and abrupt weather changes.
  • The original setting of TUGS, Bigg City Port, becomes Snugboat Harbor.
  • The stories became modernised.
  • Multiple impossible events occur, such as the tugboats using Captain Star's megaphone, boats willingly sinking themselves without any structural damage, and lifting sunken boats by pulling them horizontally from the surface.
  • The Star Fleet and the Z-Stacks, originally 2 rival fleets in TUGS, become friends in Salty's Lighthouse. However, the old rivalry is sometimes shown (mostly portrayed with Zorran).
  • Sunshine, Captain Star and Little Ditcher are portrayed as female characters, presumably to appeal to a wider audience of children.
  • Ten Cents and Sunshine are brother and sister, respectively.
  • Sea Rogue becomes evil.
  • The Z-Stacks are always known as the Zero Fleet.
  • While many characters in TUGS have varied British accents (such as Glaswegian, Cockney and Liverpudlian), in this series the characters have varied Northeastern American accents (such as Bronx, New Jersey and Brooklyn).
  • Big Mac becomes Big Stack (possibly to avoid legal trouble with McDonald's over the name of their famous burger).
  • O.J. becomes Otis (possibly to avoid confusion with O.J. Simpson).
  • The Coast Guard and his messenger are presented as the same character, Cappy.
  • Zebedee becomes Z.B. His original nameplate is left uncovered, implying that his name was misinterpreted.
  • Puffa is called Stanley and later in the series, Chooch.
  • Big Mickey becomes Bigg Basil (possibly to avoid confusion with Disney's famous cartoon character, Mickey Mouse).
  • Jack the Grappler becomes Scoop.
  • Burke and Blair become Mr. Boffo and Mr. Socko, and are portrayed as movie producers instead of scrap dealers. Their original nameplates are left uncovered.
  • Johnny Cuba becomes Steamer, and is portrayed as a friendly character.
  • The Fultan Ferry has a speaking role, despite not having a visible face or megaphone.
  • Izzy Gomez speaks with an American accent. 


  • Salty - The main character who loves using his imagination to cosimerrate with human and animal friends alike, learning all sorts of lessons.
  • Ocho - Salty's octopus friend.
  • Claude - Salty's crab friend.
  • Sophie and Sadie - Two girl seagulls.
  • Aunt Chovie - Salty's aunt who owns the lighthouse.
  • Aurora - A talking lightbulb at the top of the lighthouse who narrates the Tugs segments.
  • Seymour - A pair of binoculars who helps the gang watch the tugs.
  • The Clams - The clams who always have fun.
  • The Clock - A yellow-faced clock that announces the "Salty's Song Time" segments.

Episode List

  1. Mixed Signals
  2. Too Young to Be Included
  3. Who Took My Crayons
  4. High Spirits
  5. Taking My Turn
  6. Backward Day
  7. Banana Splits
  8. Clear the Decks
  9. Claude in Charge
  10. The Favorite
  11. Strike Up the Band
  12. Blankety Blank
  13. Last of the Red Hot C Gulls
  14. Farley Frog
  15. Some Guys Have all the Luck
  16. Dream On
  17. Treasure Hunt
  18. Big Birthday Bash
  19. Boss Man
  20. Sophie Come Home
  21. Salty Come Lately
  22. It's Magic
  23. No Strings Attached
  24. Sound Off
  25. If the Clue Fits, Wear It
  26. Let's Wing It
  27. Bivalve Music
  28. Taking Off
  29. Blackout
  30. Eight is Too Much
  31. One Bad Day
  32. Hands Off!
  33. Colossal Crab
  34. Who Turned Off the Lights?
  35. Let's Party
  36. Guilty Gull
  37. Count on Me
  38. Desperately Seeking Sadie
  39. Bivalve Blues


Cartoon Segment Cast

  • Rhys Huber as Salty
  • Kathleen Barr as Ocho and Aunt Chovie
  • Janyse Jaud as Sophie and Sadie
  • Andrea Libman as Claude

TUGS cast

VHS/DVD Release

In 1999, Salty's Lighthouse was released on the Video Buddy Interactive VHS format. In addition to the episodes, they contained interactive segments and music videos. In the UK, a VHS with 6 episodes was released, and later, a children's preschool compilation DVD with two episodes on it.

See Also


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