There are many different types of salvage boats that live on Sodor. They are used in marine rescue and recovery operations.

The Salvage Barges

The Salvage Barges

These barges, described as "floating cranes", were used to rescue Percy, after he plunged into the sea at Knapford Harbour.

The cranes could only arrive until high tide, by the time they rescued Percy it was already dark. Working hard, the cranes pulled a cold, weak and filthy Percy from the sea.


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The Yellow Salvage Vessels

The Yellow Salvage Vessel (Season 2)
The Yellow Salvage Vessel (Season 3-5)

These vessels are painted yellow and grey, they are most commonly used when there is an accident near the harbours.

In the second season, a yellow salvage vessel was stationed at Knapford Harbour and was later used to rescue Percy, after the disobedience plunged into the quay.

In the third season, the salvage vessel used in the previous season was replaced with a smaller yellow salvage vessel. This was used to recover the China Clay Trucks after Diesel carelessly pushed the trucks to into the sea. In the fourth season, the salvage vessel was then used to help recover Bulstrode and the Troublesome Trucks when Percy accidentally pushed trucks off the quay and into his hull. The vessel later towed Bulstrode to Tidmouth Beach. In the fifth season, the vessel was involved in the recovery process when Henry pulling "The Flying Kipper" crashed into the bay near the Lighthouse.


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The Salvage Tugboats

The Salvage Tugboats

There were at least two salvage tugboats which were equipped with cranes mounted on their hulls.

In the fifth season, one of these tugboats salvaged Lorry 1 after he reversed into the sea, it then transported the wrecked lorry to Brendam Docks. Later on, the tugs were involved in the recovery process when Henry crashed into the bay. One of the boats towed Henry to the docks via a barge.

In Thomas and the Magic Railroad, one of these tugs towed a barge containing sludge and Diesel 10. In the sixth season, the tugboats were used to rescue Diesel after he crash landed into a barge.


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