Tugboat Annie, Thames Tug (Tri-ang Penguin 428S)
Tugboat Annie, Thames Tug (Tri-ang Penguin 428S)(i)
A plastic-shelled clockwork Thames Tugboat, "ANNIE", produced by Tri-ang's "International Model Aircraft" division in the 1950s.
"Annie" was the successor to Triang's earlier tugboat, "Mary"
This is a lovely little model boat, including details such as a hinge-down funnel to allow the tug to pass under low bridges.
1947 advertising text Tugboat Mary:
An all plastic clockwork powered scale model of a Thames Tug
A accurate model of one of London's famous tug boats – the "little ships" of the Thames.
The Hull, deck and bulwarks are moulded exactly to shape and a powerful miniature clockwork motor supplies the motive power. All accessories, such as deckhouses, ventilators, bridge controls, Lifebelts , etc., are true-to-scale and the Kit also includes cement, transfers, full instructions and drawings.
— , Advert, , Meccano Magazine, , 1947
1953 catalogue text, Tugboat Annie:
PENGUIN THAMES TUGBOAT "ANNIE" (428S)
A fine working model, with folding funnel and detachable mast. Length 7½" (19 cms.). Each in coloured box.