Arthur Foss
- Two well-known Northwest vessels, the cannery steamer General W. C. Gorgas of Libby, McNeill & Libby, and the Foss Company's steam tug Arthur Foss, changed their names temporarily as featured players in the motion picture Tugboat Annie, which was partially filmed on Puget Sound. The Gorgas portrayed the mythical Alaska passenger vessel Glacier Queen, while the Arthur Foss took the part of Annie's famous fictional towboat Narcissus. When the film was shown at Tacoma in August, the first pre-planned tugboat race was held in Commencement Bay, Marie Dressler, who portrayed Capt. Annie Brennan, awarding the Tugboat Annie Trophy to the tug Peter Foss, Capt. Arthur Hofstead, which crossed the finish line a scant three feet ahead of the Olson Tug Boat Company's Capt. 0. G. Olson. Capt. Louis Torgesen. Other participants were Fearless, Capt. Ed. Telleson, Tacoma Tug & Barge Co.; Alice, Capt. Harold Nelson, Delta V. Smyth Towing Co., Olympia; Advance, Capt. Charles Skewers, Cascade Tug Boat Co.; and Adelphus, Capt. W. P. Thornton, EHiott Bay Towing Co. of Seattle. Shaver's James W. was winner by six lengths over Hosford's Cruiser in the Columbia
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Arthur Foss
(Tug) - During the same month, the 5,000-horsepower Arthur Foss, in charge of Capt. Guy Johnson, towed the famous aircraft carrier Princeton from Long Beach, California to Zidell Explorations' Tacoma shipbreaking yard in just 13 days, maintaining an average speed of 100 miles a day. Later in the year she also towed the carrier Philippine Sea north for scrapping. Gordon Newell, Maritime Events of 1971, H. W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest 1966 to 1975., p.96.
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- During World War II the Army Transport Service built a number of large steam-uniflow tugs on the East Coast and the ARTHUR FOSS, ex-LT-784, was one of the group. She operated out of the New York Port of Embarkation In general towing service along the Atlantic Seaboard and on trans-Atlantic convoy duty. After a lay-up after the war Foss purchased the veessel on January 23, 1962. She operated at a wide variety of locations on long tows and eventually was laid up in the Foss yard in Seattle. The Arthur Foss, (2) , Foss, ninety years of towboating. Seattle: Superior, 1966, p. 222.
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