1897 Tacoma Tug


Contact Joe Walkden
Phone: 401-368-1705
Location : Newport, Rhode Island, USA

$ 179,000.00

We are privileged and honored to list the Tug “Wallace Foss” for sale. Built in 1897 by Tacoma Shipyard, this vessel was originally intended to be a wooden, steam passenger vessel. Plans changed and she began her career as the tug “Oscar B”. The “Oscar B” worked in the Puget Sound area until 1911. In 1913 the Rouse Towing Company bought her, did a complete overhaul and she was renamed the “Rouse”. She worked until 1925 when she was given another major over-haul. She was renamed “Wallace Foss” in 1945 and continued working the waters of the Pacific Northwest. “Wallace Foss” was a working tugboat through March 1971. She has been privately held in her “retirement” and most recently has been converted to a cruising and live aboard vessel in Newport, Rhode Island.

“Wallace Foss” is 62 feet long, has a beam of 16.2 feet, a draft of 8 feet and weighs 52 tons.

Her hull is 2 3/8” plank on 6x8 frames (fir); iron and bronze spike fastening; bronze bolts; edge grain fir decks; cruising speed is 8.5 to 9.0 knots; fuel consumption at 850 RPMs is 3.0 gallons per hour at 8.5 knots.

Restored in keeping with her classic lines and historic character, her systems and machinery have been continually updated to current safety standards. With comfortable working accommodations, a nice deckhouse salon and galley, she’s crowned by a magnificent pilothouse offering 360 degree visibility, modern electronics and walk around bridge and lounge decks.

Over many years the “Wallace Foss” has been awarded numerous Best-in-Show, Best Workboat, Best Restored, Oldest-in-Show, Best Traditional Design and Peoples Choice Awards at various festivals and gatherings. She turns heads wherever she goes!

Maritime history buffs and offshore cruising enthusiasts alike will be fascinated with the irreplaceable heritage aboard this hard-working tug. This is a unique opportunity to own, skipper and show a piece of American maritime history!

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