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Arthur Foss Maritime Heritage Network

Arthur Foss
Type: Ships
Owner: Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Ctr
Phone: 206-447-9800
Designation*: NHL City
Built: 1889
Location: 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle
Map and directions (Courtesy Google Maps)
Hours: Contact owner
Admission: Donation

*DOE=Designated eligible; NR=National Register of Historic Places; NHL=National Historic Landmark; WHR=Washington Heritage Register; City=Local city; County=Local county; N/A=Not applicable


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Located at Lake Union Park, the tugboat Arthur Foss, built in 1889, is the oldest wooden-hulled tug afloat in the United States. She gained worldwide fame when the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio leased the vessel for its 1933 production “Tugboat Annie,” starring Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery. In World War II, Arthur Foss was the last ship to escape Wake Island before Imperial Japanese forces attacked the American outpost in January 1942.

Launched as Wallowa at Portland by the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company, the tug was renamed Arthur Foss by Foss Launch and Tug about the time it replaced the original double-cylinder compound marine steam engine with a direct-reversing Washington Estep Engine. The six-cylinder, 700-horsepower diesel motor can drive the tug up to 13 knots. The vessel is 120 feet long with a beam of 25 feet and a draft of 16 feet. Donated by Foss Launch and Tug to Northwest Seaport in 1970, the owners completed a $315,000 renovation in 2004. Visitors may board the vessel when volunteer staff is available.

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