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"In science fiction one can say a great many things that are unpalatable, because it's expressed as science fiction you can slip it past their defenses."
- Frederik Pohl

Rocket Tug  
  The equivalent of a tug boat for space ships.  

WHEN the great globe was completed, and stocked with all its multitudinous machines, twenty rocket tugs towed it from its Earth hangar out into space, set it upon a previously calculated orbit a million miles beyond the Moon, gave it the necessary orbital impetus, and set it free.
From Crystalized Thought, by Nat Schachner.
Published by Astounding Stories in 1937
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Compare to pushpots from Murray Leinster's Space Tug (1953).

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