Hugh, a harbour tug, hired so to do jobs for Captain Star all the way to the end of up river which is where he waits. He has a thin face, high cheek bones and rosy cheeks. He hardly smiles, hardly talks and holds a stiff face but kind at heart. He's a bit of a role model for Ten Cents, Sunshine and Zip, who wish to be as courageous as him.
Since he works at the other end of up river, he stays there each night and each day does odd jobs as pulling barges and cranes. When the job is too much such as with the saw mill, other tugs come up to help. He only ever comes down to the city harbour when an ocean liner comes in or a big disaster.
Hugh is based off the Reading Railroad tugboat Winterthur.