Big grant to help preserve ‘Tugboat Annie’ vessel

Congrats to Northwest Seaport for securing an $87,000 grant to help preserve of the historic Arthur Foss tugboat, which was featured in the classic movie Tugboat Annie.

Built in 1889, the boat has a long and storied past, including roles on the Columbia River towing sailing vessels cross the bar, carting miners and others up the coast during the Yukon Gold Rush, and narrowly escaping Japanese forces as they invaded Wake Island during World War II.

The boat is part of the collection of historic ships maintained by Northwest Seaport and moored near the Museum of History and Industry at South Lake Union in Seattle.

More about the grant from the organization’s press release:

Northwest Seaport is excited to announce it has won a significant grant to continue its mission of preserving and interpreting the maritime heritage of the Puget Sound and North West Coast and developing maritime-based educational programs and opportunities for the community.

The tugboat Arthur Foss is a heritage vessel, a museum ship with public programs, and a platform for public service. In 1989 the vessel was declared a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.

“This grant will not only support the restoration of the Arthur Foss, it will also support good paying jobs in the Puget Sound maritime industry.” said Andrew k. Bennett P.E., President of Northwest Seaport.

Funding is provided by the Maritime Administration through the recycling of vessels from the MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.

“Northwest Seaport is excited about the future of our maritime workforce and public educational programs” said Bennett. “We are thrilled to be recognized by the Parks Service and Maritime Administration.”

The tugboat Arthur Foss is moored the south end of Lake Union in Seattle is open to the public. For more information about Northwest Seaport’s programs and vessels, go to


One Response to Big grant to help preserve ‘Tugboat Annie’ vessel

  1. Steve Lindsey April 30, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    Good news. I hope they do a better job with the Foss than they did with the Wawona and San Mateo.

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