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ARTHUR FOSS (Tugboat)

Seattle, Washington
County of King.
Maritime Heritage Center, 1002 Valley Dr.
National Register Number: 89001078
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Transportation - water -related. The threat level was Watch in
2002.
Congressional District: WA-6 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: http://www.nwseaport.org; 202-447-9800; http://www.maritime.org/hnsa-arthurfoss.htm.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 11, 1989):
Built in 1889, she is the only known wooden-hulled 19th-century tugboat left afloat and in operating condition in the United States. FOSS towed lumber and grain-laden square-rigged ships across the teacherous Columbia River, and hence, was a key participant in the Pacific Coast lumber trade and the international grain trade. While under charter to the U.S. Navy, FOSS was the last vessel to successfully escape Wake Island before Imperial Japanese forces attacked and captured that Pacific outpost in 1942.

Condition:
The ship needs a defined strategy for its management and preservation, repair of deteriorated infrastructure, and stable, long-term moorage.

The Arthur Foss received a Save America's Treasures grant of $150,000 in 2002 to be used to restore her hull and decks.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The NPS should continue to provide owners with technical assistance, encourage their participation in the Maritime Round-Table with other historic ship owners, and explore options for permanent moorage.


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