Like any vessel, the Arthur Foss’s bridge served as the center of operations. The captain and mate stood their watches here, overseeing activity onboard and steering the tug towards her destination. Towing on and around Puget Sound required constant attention from the bridge crew, as tides and weather could change quickly.
The equipment on the bridge helped the captain and mate to communicate, navigate, and steer the tugboat. Many of the tools here are from different eras but perform similar functions. The clock-like brass telegraph, the hose-like speaking tube, and the telephone-like handset all sent messages to the engine room. The compass, used with maps or “charts,” helped the captain or mate to determine the tugboat’s course, while the cone-like radar station showed its location relative to the surrounding land.