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Tugboat Documentary Premier and Tugboat Annie Plaque Re-unveiled

View new Arthur Foss documentary to learn more about its iconic American story.

View, soon, the new Arthur Foss documentary to engage in this iconic American story.

Vaun Raymond Filmmaker Seattle Art Institute

This trailer of the new film Arthur Foss: Iconic Tugboat of the Northwest, provides a taste of the exciting documentary about the 125-year old museum ship.  Full documentary will be released soon.  In collaboration with the Art Institute of Seattle’s Summer Studio Class-2013, Northwest Seaport co-produced this film.

On March 6, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park(PDF) hosted the film’s world premiere, and Watch the Sky musicians, Northwest Seaport chantey singers and representatives from Maritime Folknet entertained the crowd with  music and chanteys, such as “A Hundred Years Ago” (written by Bob Kotta and Mariide Tune). While AIS-student and film director, Victor M. Ramos III, was unavailable, filmmaker and Art Institute of Seattle instructor, Vaun Raymond, introduced the AIS-student documentary and also shared a “the-making-of” film regarding the 2013 class efforts.

Anna Franklin with Memory Book of Captain Franklin webFilm goers enjoyed listing to stories from Franklin family members whose father and siblings captained and crewed aboard Arthur Foss.  Save Our Ships and Northwest Seaport founder, Kay Bullitt spoke briefly about the founding of this organization.  Chuck Fowler, co-author of “Tugboats of Puget Sound” shared with attendees some historical perspective of Arthur Foss and contributions to the Pacific Northwest maritime economy.

Plaque 1 Dedicated to Tugboat Annie 1940 Pioneer Spirit of Puget Sound webNearly 75 year-ago tug Arthur Foss seemed to have starred in another Hollywood sensation event, Northwest Seaport now believes.  On Oct 18, 1940 Tugboat Annie Sails Again actors Ronald Reagan and Marjorie Rambeau with Henry Foss of the Foss Launch and Tug Company presented the City of Tacoma at the city’s Roxy theater (now  Pantages Theater)  with a bronze plaque which includes the words, “Dedicated to Tugboat Annie – 1940 – Pioneer Spirit of Puget Sound.” (pictured).  

Northwest Seaport and Foss Waterway Seaport Crew 2 Foss Waterway Seaport curator, Joseph M. Govednik tracked it down the commemorative plaque at the Broadway Center For the Performing Arts, who kindly loaned it for transport and display at the March 6 event.

NPS ArrowheadThe plaque was unveiled, and the audience seemed to “gasp,” one observer shared.  Viewing the plaque for the first time, Northwest Seaport Nautical Archaeologist, Nathaniel Howe, shared his belief that the plaque’s central-placed tug with “Narcissus” inscribed on its bow was in fact Northwest Seaport’s Arthur Foss tug. 

During the event, the 2014 Arthur Foss Tugboat Campaign was launched, with a donation from Fremont Boat Company.  Additionally, the grandchildren of Thea and Andrew Foss made a significant contribution to the production and distribution efforts of the documentary.  Please watch for Campaign Cards and contribute to help keep Arthur Foss alive for the next generation.

Arthur Foss Documentary World Premiere 3.6.2014 Bruce Sherman photo web
Nearly 70 Attendees at World Premiere at Klondike web Kay Bullitt founder of Save our Ships and Northwest Seaport web

World Premiere of Documentary of “Arthur Foss” & “Tugboat Annie” Screening

125 Years Arthur Foss NWS logoTo celebrate the 125th anniversary of the tugboat Arthur Foss, a National Historic Landmark, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in partnership with Northwest Seaport will screen two films on First Thursday in Pioneer Square, Seattle:

Arthur Foss: Iconic Tugboat of the Northwest  and…
Tugboat Annie

Arthur Foss Documentary National Park Service Press Release Feb 21 2014

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. 

Click on Press Release to view PDF version.

Click on Press Release to view PDF version.

The program will begin with the world premiere of the film Arthur Foss: Iconic Tugboat of the Northwest (2013) (13 min), a documentary about the 125-year old museum ship produced by students of the Art Institute of Seattle Summer Studio Class, 2013. The world premiere will be followed by Tugboat Annie (1933) (86 min), a film featuring Oscar-winning actors Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery.  Documentary was directed by Victor M. Ramos III.

The film screenings will be followed by a special presentation and discussion.

Ticket and Parking Information
Tickets can be obtained at EventBright.com (search “arthur foss”)
Free parking is available on First Thursday – more information about parking Visit: www.firstthursdayseattle.com.

Overnight aboard tug Arthur Foss for an experience of a lifetime.

Overnight aboard tug Arthur Foss for an experience of a lifetime.

Tugboat Arthur Foss was built in 1889 as the Wallowa to tow sailing ships across the Columbia Bar and into the Columbia River.  During the Klondike Gold Rush, it also towed ships and barges to Alaska and eventually came to Puget Sound as a logging tugboat.  As a Foss Launch & Tug Company tugboat, Arthur Foss gained distinction as the star of the 1934 MGM movie “Tugboat Annie,” as one of the most powerful tugboats on the West Coast, and the last vessel to escape Wake Island before the Japanese invasion in WWII. In 1989, Arthur Foss was designated a National Historic Landmark.  Today, the 112 foot-long tugboat continues its career as a museum ship which open to the public at Lake Union Park for public programs, such as tugboat overnights, school tours, workforce development and Tugboat Storytime.

NPS ArrowheadFor more information contact Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park at (206) 220-4231 or visit www.nps.gov/klse.
For more information about tugboat Arthur Foss and Northwest Seaport, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, contact Northwest Seaport at 206-447-9800 or with CONTACT form

Press Release Date:  2/21/2014, Contacts:
Spirit Trickey, Spirit_Trickey@nps.gov, 206-220-4231
Otto Loggers, info@nwseaport.org, 206-447-9800