Tug Transom

NAME:
Tug Transom
NEWSPAPER:
Daily Sketch
DATES:
30 Oct 1954 - 1969

ARTIST(S):

Alfred Sindall
WRITER(S):
Peter O'Donnell

According to Peter O'Donnell this was one of his favourite strips to write for due to the ease with which he could begin "The Dulcie May slid into her berth in [name a port anywhere in the world]".

The Dulcie May is a tramp steamer plying her trade and moving cargo around the various ports of the world. Her captain is "Tug" Transom who is aided and abetted by his crew made up of engineer Angus McQuade, the first mate Craigie, Geordie the steward, the big Swede Svenson, and Londoner Alfie Stringer. Due to the nature of the strip, adventures could occur anywhere from London's East End to the jungles of South America.

Original Tug Transom art by Alfred Sindall, scripted by Peter O'Donnell.

Alfred Sindall had worked on the Paul Temple newspaper strip until the eraly 1950s, thereafter moving to Tug Transom. He also provided many illustrations for the Biggles series of boys adventure books. He later went on to draw for Girl comic (Royal Margaret: 1952).

The final story in the series, Home is the Sailor..., depicts the Dulcie May caught in a fierce storm in the Caribbean, in which McQuade has a nasty accident that will put him ashore for life. Transom decides to sell the Dulcie for scrap and marry his life long love, Cathy Wan.

No official compilations of this strip have been traced.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE All Devon Comic Collectors Club HAS TUG TRANSOM STORIES AVAILABLE.


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