Arthur Foss

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Arthur Foss (tugboat)
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Arthur Foss
Location: Maritime Heritage Center, 1002 Valley Dr., Seattle
Coordinates: 47°37′41.31″N 122°20′12.72″W / 47.6281417°N 122.3368667°W / 47.6281417; -122.3368667Coordinates: 47°37′41.31″N 122°20′12.72″W / 47.6281417°N 122.3368667°W / 47.6281417; -122.3368667
Built/Founded: 1889
Architect: Oregon Railway & Navigation Co.
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: April 11, 1989[1]
Designated NHL: April 11, 1989[2]
NRHP Reference#: 89001078

The Arthur Foss, built in 1889, is one of the oldest wooden-hulled tugboats afloat in the United States. In 1898, in response to the Alaskan gold rush, she transported barges full of gold seeking miners and supplies up the Inside Passage. There are no other Alaskan Gold Rush vessels still operating today. She was cast by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio to play in its 1933 production Tugboat Annie.[3] [4] In World War II, Arthur Foss journeyed south to join the war effort. Before the Battle of Wake Island began in late 1941, she was the last vessel to get away. After the war, she served the economy of the Northwest by working in the timber industry. [3]

The Arthur Foss has a six-cylinder, 700 horsepower (520 kW) diesel engine. Her top speed is 13 knots (24 km/h). The vessel is 120 feet (37 m) long with a beam of 25 feet (7.6 m) and a draft of 16 feet (4.9 m). When last operated the vessel was owned by Foss Launch and Tug (now Foss Maritime) who donated her to Northwest Seaport in 1970. Northwest Seaport renovated her in 2004. [5] The vessel was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989[2][6] and is a city landmark as well. [7] and a featured attraction at Seattle's new South Lake Union Park. The vessel is open for public tours on most summer weekends, or by appointment. [8]

See also


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "ARTHUR FOSS (Tugboat)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 The History of the Arthur Foss, Northwest Seaport. Accessed 01 March 2008.
  4. Filmography in Seattle, HistoryLink. Accessed 01 March 2008.
  5. Arthur Foss, Maritime Heritage Network. Accessed 01 March 2008.
  6. James P. Delgado (July 9, 1988), National Register of Historic Places Registration: Arthur Foss, ex-Wallowa / Tugboat Arthur FossPDF (32 KB), National Park Service  and Accompanying five photos, exterior and interior, from 1988PDF (32 KB)
  7. Landmarks Alphabetical Listing for T, Individual Landmarks, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle. Accessed 28 December 2007.
  8. Northwest Seaport Historic Fleet. Tugboat Arthur Foss

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