Grampus appears for the first time in the episode "Pirate," in which he helped to prove Ten Cents' innocence. He next appears in the episode Regatta, in which he saved Lillie Lightship from sinking by plugging the hole in her side with his front. Later, he was nearly blown up by Bluenose the naval tug having been branded as too old for further service and was out of commission. He was thankfully swiftly rescued by the Ten Cents, Big Mac, O.J., and Top Hat. On the same day, he was bought by Captain Star and joined the Star Fleet as their first Star submarine. He speaks with a Central English accent (with a noticeable lisp). In the 1989 Annual story The Race, he helps Big Mac win a race against Zorran, who sabotages the race.
Grampus also has a tendency to spit water in the tug's faces, most prominently at Bluenose in the episode "Regatta" and at Top Hat while he was asleep in the episode "Ghosts." Grampus docks near the famous Bridge Café, but due to the noise provided by the band, he gets distracted, often moves around the harbour; this is best shown in Pirate. Nothing is said that when Grampus was bought by Captain Star to prevent his demise, that he moved to the Star Dock to rest.
Grampus' whistle is really Sunshine's in a higher pitch.
Grampus is painted grey with his name painted on in white.
Behind the Scenes
Grampus is based on a Plunger class submarine and is named after the USS Grampus (SS-4) which was one of those submarines. This submarine was sunk as a target in January 1922.
A Grampus, also known as Risso's Dolphin, is also a type of blunt-nosed dolphin.
Spike Knight built Grampus based on old photos of a Grampus class submarine. The Grampus model used the same trolley mechanism utilised for moving the tugs, except his was able to lift up and down to surface.
- His face masks were sold to The Star Tugs Company (formerly The Star Tugs Trust). The current whereabouts of his model are unknown, making him and Top Hat the only two models of the Star Fleet that haven't been found or sold.
- Grampus had a special mechanism that makes him squirt water from his mouth whenever he surfaces.
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