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""Sunshine!? Only good for day work is he?""
— Top Hat, Sunshine (Episode)

Sunshine is Captain Star's 7th and youngest tug, a small switcher who is used for a wide variety of tasks around Bigg City Port. 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 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 usually works 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 speaks with a rather soft Newcastle (or Geordie) accent and whistles most of the time when he says a word with s on it, because he is missing some of his front teeth.



Like Ten Cents, Sunshine has appeared in every episode of the show.


His first appearance was in the first episode of the series, the episode named after him. He was the new member of the Star Fleet and was helping to tow Duchess into port when Zorran bumped him out of the way. Luckily, Izzy Gomez, the old tramp steamer, saw everything and helped have Zorran punished.


In the episode pirate he stood up for Ten Cents when he was being called a thief and then helped him to find out Sea Rogue who was actually the culprit. Then he, Ten Cents, and Grampus saved Sea Rogue's Uncle and caught the real pirates.


In Trapped, he was one of the Star Fleet members who was trapped along with Zug Up River. Luckily, Billy Shoepack used his dynamite and blasted the tugs free.


In Regatta, he, Ten Cents, and some other members of the Star Fleet saved Grampus when he was going to be blown up in Navy practice by Bluenose, the officious naval tug. Later he enjoyed the regatta parade.


He had a minor appearance in the episode Munitions. He was bossed around by Bluenose and then stood clear while the fire burned and sank Big Mickey. He also warned Puffa to get clear of the harbor.


In the episode Warrior he had a background appearance. In the episode High Tide he had another minor appearance. In this episode he and Ten Cents were forced to work extra hard to save their load from the incoming tide.


In Quarantine he was sad at first that O.J. was going to be scrapped. Later, he saw the evil steamer Nantucket lower the quarantine flag. He wisely left the scene to avoid being quarantined, and was later happy when O.J. was indeed saved from scrap.


In the episode Ghosts he was scared of the White Fleet as he thought they were ghosts. He also reported sighting a face that Ten Cents identified as King Neptune, but he was happy and a little ashamed when Hercules explained that they didn't see any real ghosts.


In the episode Jinxed, he and Ten Cents tried to help Boomer get past his jinx, and was happy once Boomer was happy as a houseboat.

High Winds

He had a minor appearance in the episode High Winds when he was trying to tow the Princess Alice but it was too difficult. Luckily, Zebedee helped out.

Up River

In Up River he was trapped in a log jam, but once again Billy Shoepack came to the rescue with his dynamite.

Bigg Freeze

In Bigg Freeze he and Ten Cents got a spare light barge when Lillie Lightship had run out of fuel, and later on saw the S.S. Vienna off.

Salty's Lighthouse

In the television series, Salty's Lighthouse, which reused edited episodes of Tugs, Sunshine was portrayed as a female character (along with Captain Star and Little Ditcher), and was Ten Cents' little sister, presumably to appeal at a wider audience of children.


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.

Audio Files

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 also has the second highest pitched whistle of the Star Tugs, with the first highest going to Grampus.


Sunshine 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 "7" on his funnel. He was originally painted in the Salvage Fleet's white livery. He wears a red cap.

Throughout most of "Jinxed", Sunshine's handrails on his wheelhouse are white. At the end of said episode, the handrails are yellow, just as they are in other episodes.


Voice Actors


Salty's Lighthouse


  • In an episode from the Theodore Tugboat series called "Bedford's Big Move", the Harbour Master receives cookies that are in the same shape of Sunshine. Similar cookies in his shape also appeared in another episode of the same series called "Theodore's Bad Dream".
  • In 2012, Sunshine's model was purchased by The Star Tugs Company and is currently on display at the TUGS Exhibition.
  • Unlike the other tugs, Sunshine does not have a sign on his stern that shows where he is from.
  • It is currently unknown where Sunshine's face masks are. So far, though, his scared face mask is currently the only one in the possession of the Star Tugs Company. In April 2015, a new happy face was made and designed for Sunshine by using a 3D printer.
  • Although it may not be his basis, there was actually a real tugboat named Sunshine. This particular tug itself 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.
  • Along with Ten Cents and Top Hat, Sunshine is one of the only characters to appear in every episode.
  • Sunshine seems very similar to a small polish steam tugboat switcher named "Tomek".


"Hullo, Sally..."
— Sunshine, upon meeting Sally Seaplane, "Sunshine"
"Hey! I hope you haven't spoken too soon!"
— Sunshine, "Jinxed"
"Hey, I know that whistle! It's Ten Cents! Ten Cents, what a mess! What happened?"
— Sunshine reuniting with Ten Cents, "Munitions"
""Well... that's coincidence, not jinxed!"
"Call it 'anything you like', but it seems to coincidence Boomer when you do it!"
Ten Cents and Sunshine, "Jinxed"


The Salvage Fleet
Billy ShoepackSunshine (formerly) • Billy's Barges

7 Tugs | 1 Submarine | 1 Former Member
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