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"The tugboat (for its size) is the most powerful craft afloat.... and the Star Tugs, are the power behind the docks and waterways that make up the Bigg City Port. This is TUGS."
Captain Star, TUGS Intro

Captain Star is the most prominent character in the whole series, due to the fact that he narrates it. He uses a white and blue striped megaphone to call out to the Star Tugs.


Captain Star is a veteran sailor, and owns the Star Fleet. He takes great pride in his fleet, but he knows that it is important to be hard on them in order to succeed. He is usually very strict if something does not go as it is supposed to. He always keeps a look out for his tugs if they need any assistance from him.

He has seven tugs and one submarine (from Regatta onwards), within his fleet. They are as follows: Ten Cents (1), Big Mac (2), O.J. (3), Top Hat (4), Warrior (5), Hercules (6), Sunshine (7), and Grampus (8).

Like other characters, such as Captain Zero, the Quarry Master, O. Krappenschitt, and the Fuel Depot Manager, Captain Star never makes an appearance as a person and is only represented by voiceover and with his megaphone.

In Salty's Lighthouse, Captain Star is depicted as a female and being friends with Captain Zero though still maintaining the business rivalry between them.



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  • In concept art and multiple pieces of merchandising, his name is spelled with a second 'r' as "Captain Starr". This is possibly a reference to Ringo Starr, drummer for The Beatles and narrator of the first two seasons of Thomas & Friends.
  • He is one of the few characters to have a large scale model.