The Duchess is one of the biggest ocean liners in Bigg City Port.
The Star Tugs had a difficult time towing the Duchess, only to be hindered more by Zorran causing an accident. She makes numerous cameos throughout TUGS in the port, the most cameos of any ocean liner character in the series.
The Duchess appears to be based on the RMS Queen Mary and/or the SS Imperator, which was given to the Cunard Line after World War One to replace the RMS Lusitania which was torpedoed of the coast of Ireland in 1915, and renamed Berengaria after the 12th Century English queen of the same name. Like the Imperator (Berengaria), she has 3 stacks, a open promenade, and is 919 feet long. When Captain Star says that she is "one of the biggest liners around", he means that she's not the largest liner in the world, a reference to how Imperator was surpassed by her younger sisters Leviathan and Majestic. Her nationality is British. Her stacks have the same colours as the Cunard livery though not the same pattern.
The Duchess has a black hull, a white superstructure and black-and-red funnels.
- Sunshine (does not speak)
- Regatta (cameo; only appears in TV version)
- High Tide (cameo)
- High Winds (cameo)
Books and Annual Stories
- The Duchess' model was later re-used for Princess Alice and S.S. Vienna, but repainted and with a modified funnel arrangement. After production for TUGS ended, the model was passed over for it's sister series Thomas & Friends as the S.S Roxstar.