Launched: 1889

At: Portland, Oregon for the Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co.

Length: 129 feet

Beam: 28 feet, 7 inches

Draft: 12 feet, 6 inches


Northwest Seaport

1002 Valley Street

Seattle, WA 98109-4332

(206) 447-9800

Fax: (206) 447-0598

Email: seaport@oz.net


Latitude: 47.62821, Longitude: -122.336524

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Tug Arthur Foss is the only known wood-hulled 19th century tugboat still afloat and in operating condition in the U.S. Built as the Wallowa, she began her career towing lumber and grain-laden square-rigged ships across the treacherous Columbia River bar. From 1904 to 1929 she towed log rafts around Puget Sound and the Washington coast. She was sold to the Foss Launch and Tug Company in 1929, and starred in the MGM film “Tugboat Annie” in 1933 with Wallace Beery and Marie Dressler.

Arthur Foss remained in continuous service with the Foss Company until 1970, except for duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II. While with the Navy, she was the last vessel to escape from Wake Island in January 1942, before Japanese forces attacked and captured the island. She was transferred to Northwest Seaport in 1970, and restored to operating condition 1981. When not at her Maritime Heritage Center berth for visiting, she chugs around Puget Sound with a volunteer crew taking part in various maritime festivals.

Tug Arthur Foss is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.

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