Tugboat Overnight Experience Program

Foredeck Arthur Foss Christian RiddellSpend the night aboard a historic tugboat!

Experience a night aboard the 1889 tugboat Arthur Foss and learn about life as a “tow boater.” Docked at South Lake Union, the tug has excellent views over the lake and the heart of Seattle. Whether staying one night for an authentic Seattle maritime experience or living aboard during a workshop class, the Arthur Foss provides both accommodations and a slice of Puget Sound maritime history.

Galley family Arthur Foss Christian RiddellParticipants receive an orientation and tour from engine room to wheelhouse from members of our knowledgeable crew.  The tugboat has largely the same amenities it did in the 1930s, including in-cabin sinks and flush toilets in the main heads, but has been improved with hot showers, fresh bed linens, and a few modern conveniences such as a microwave. Plan on bringing meals or eating out, an extra blanket, and other overnight necessities.

Spending the night aboard Arthur Foss is a great way to learn about a classic American story, the neighboring historic vessels, Lake Union’s cool environment, and modern Seattle…all just over her gunwale.

Captain's Cabin Arthur Foss

Captain’s Cabin Arthur Foss

Choose between crew (two bunks per room) and officer berths (single bed with desk).

Crew bunks: $50 each per night

Officers’ Cabins: $100 per night

Full boat rental (all 9 bunks): $600 per night

Discounts: 25% off for Northwest Seaport members.

Daytime and Evening Rental of the Tug:  Planning an event, such as a birthday party, family reunion or informal business meeting? Arthur Foss is a great place to gather with your guests.

Daytime rate is $99 per hour (two hour minimum)

Evening rental is $400 for the whole evening.

Deposit: A 30% deposit is required for all reservations.

Dates: June 1st to October 1st, 2017. Some blackout dates apply including July 1st-4th.
Registrations: Use Contact Form to inquire.  (photos by Christian Riddell)

Tugboat Arthur Foss at Historic Ships Wharf Christian Riddell

Crew Cabin, three of these double bunked cabins aboard Arthur Foss

Crew Cabin, three of these double bunked cabins aboard Arthur Foss

Engineers Cabin Arthur Foss

Engineers Cabin Arthur Foss

Mates Cabin Arthur Foss

Mates Cabin Arthur Foss

Mess Dining Arthur Foss

Mess Dining Arthur FossTugboat Boy Aboard Arthur Foss Christian Riddell