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Sunshine is Captain Star's seventh and youngest tug, a small 'harbour switcher' who is used for a wide variety of tasks around Bigg City Port. Sunshine was introduced in the episode Sunshine. He has many capabilities that range from the towing of barges to liner docking operations, in his first assignment from the Star Fleet, he was pushed by the Z-Stack Zorran who caused the situation to be a disaster. Like the rest of the Star Fleet, Sunshine is based on the tugs of San Francisco waters from the 1920s.
Sunshine can be occasionally cheeky at times, but he is very strong willed nevertheless. He is quick-witted and takes action swiftly without hesitation. He is generally level-headed and cheerful, and takes on most jobs with little complaining. He also appears to have a slight crush on Sally Seaplane.
Sunshine also can figure things out very quickly, as in "Jinxed" where he points out that each of jinxed tug Boomer's unfortunate mishaps occurs right after Ten Cents sounds his steam hooter, suggesting a cause-and-effect relationship. He's also more open-minded about unusual phenomena such as ghosts than Ten Cents is. On the subject of whistles, Sunshine's is middle-to-high pitched and has a distinct 'whooping' sound which could best be described as 'upbeat', suiting his personality and name.
Sunshine works mainly with Ten Cents, the Star Fleet's first and larger switcher. They have shared many adventures, almost to the extent that it is impossible to imagine one without the other, and they are both the best of friends.
Sunshine has a rather soft Newcastle (or Geordie) accent and whistles most of the when he speaks, because he is missing some of his front teeth. He wears a red, flat cap on his wheelhouse or his head.
- He is referenced in an episode of Theodore Tugboat, when the Harbour Master receives cookies that are in the shape of him.
- In the first episode Sunshine, he appeared in his original river livery with a plain coat of white paint. But in the end was re-painted with the Star Fleet colours (Yellow, red, white and blue).
- His model was sold to The Star Tugs Trust, albeit with only one face mask; his scared one.
- Although it may not be his basis, there was actually a real tugboat named Sunshine. This particular tug worked on the River Thames in the UK until it was scrapped in 1960.
- Shaun Prendergast based Sunshine's voice on a clown called "Gypsy Jackie" his father had created for him, as well as a child he once knew who spoke with a whistle.
- High Winds
- Up River
- High Tide
- Bigg Freeze
Books and Annual Stories
- Run Aground
- Nothing to Declare
- Treasure Hunt (cameo)
- Loading Grain
- The Race
- The Missing Barge
- Heat Wave
- Ship In Distress (mentioned)
- Naval Manoeuvres
- Quarantine (annual story)
- Ten Cents' Busy Day
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