"3 Zero harbour tugs just to pull 2 barges? Warrior and I have got you licked - 2 of us can pull that much!"
Big Mac to Zorran, Zebedee and Zak, "Warrior"

Big Mac is Captain Star's second tug, who sports a distinctively broad Glaswegian accent. He is used for a variety of tasks around Bigg City Port. Usually, because he is one of the strongest tugs, it means he can pull heavy loads. Big Mac is based on the tugs of San Francisco waters from the 1920s.



Big Mac's first appearance was in the first episode of TUGS, Sunshine. Since he was the strongest tug in the Star Fleet, Zorran asked Zip and Zug to put him out of action by stranding him on a mudbank. This way the Z-Stacks would be able to tow in the Duchess. He was later rescued and looked for Sunshine. In the episode Pirate Big Mac looked for who the thief was and tried to help Ten Cents when he was falsely accused of stealing barges.

In the episode Trapped, Big Mac was trapped behind an old tramper by Zorran. He stayed there until Billy Shoepack came and blasted through the tramper. Then he along with the rest of the Star Fleet and Zug laughed at Zorran when he was trapped on some rocks. In the episode Regatta, Big Mac helped Top Hat, Ten Cents, and some other members of the Star Fleet save Grampus when he was going to be blown up in Navy practice by Bluenose. He then enjoyed the Regatta parade. He had a minor appearance in the episode Munitions.

Audio Files

As opposed to his gruff personality, he is fitted with a rich and melodic chime whistle. 


Big Mac is painted in the Star Fleet's corporate livery. This consists of a black hull, a yellow superstructure, white mast and an American flag-styled red white and blue funnel. His name is painted on the sides of his bow in white and he has the number "2" on his funnel. He wears a navy blue cap.


Big Mac can come across as a rude and stubborn tug, but he has a heart of gold, despite his tendencies to be gruff at times. He is very much willing to set aside his own safety for the sake of others, and usually remains level-headed when undergoing a strategy. Big Mac works mainly with his brother Warrior, and the two tugs have an extremely close friendship. Even though Warrior's clumsiness and simple thinking occasionally frustrate him, he still respects and cares for him. He also stands up for Warrior if anyone, especially the Z-Stacks, makes fun of him.


Voice Actors


Salty's Lighthouse


  • His name most likely derives from his Scottish heritage, but also ironically shares the name of McDonald's' popular and signature burger. In Salty's Lighthouse, Big Mac's name is changed to Big Stack, almost clearly done to avoid a lawsuit from McDonald's (since it is an American fast food chain and Salty's Lighthouse is an American TV show).
  • After Tugs' production ended, Big Mac's model was purchased by The Star Tugs Company, an organisation which aimed to restore and preserve the models.
    • Prior to his sale, Big Mac's deck, superstructure, and wheelhouse were severely cracked. He was so damaged that his deck had split off the hull, which completely separated from the rest of his body. Thankfully, he was repaired shortly before the sale.
  • He was only sold with his frustrated face mask, but he was later reunited with his other face masks when the owner attended one of The Star Tugs Trust events at the Battlefield Line Railway in March 2014.
  • Big Mac's face is based of Dandy comic character; Desperate Dan.


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