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Book and Tugboat Celebration

Trail of extraordinary man cover webPlease join authors Carol Ruth Cote & Barbara Huggins for their book signing of The Trail of an Extraordinary Man aboard Arthur Foss.

And also celebrate 25th year anniversary of designation of tugboat Arthur Foss as a National Historic Landmark.


An exciting and fun evening it will be as we give you a brief history of the book and the trip that the Wallowa, now Arthur Foss, made to Nome Alaska in 1900, and celebrate her 125th year anniversary.  Learn more about this extraordinary tug by viewing the new documentary, soon available.

Tug Arthur foss in Kirkland Washington. Photo by James Delgado, 1988

Tug Arthur foss in Kirkland Washington. Photo by James Delgado, 1988.

You will have time to exchange stories, fine wine, and hor d’oeuvres before we proceed to CWB for the evening’s Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing.

An introduction of the book during the evening will be made and a fabulous evening will be spent listening to Laura Bassett as she leads the April Chantey Sing, sharing her love of both traditional and contemporary songs.

125 Years NWS Homepage

The original tug’s engine was a 122-h.p. double-cylinder compound marine steam engine manufactured in 1887 by the Union Iron Works of San Francisco for Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. for the tug Donald. The engines drove the tug’s single 8-foot diameter screw.

In Trail of an Extraordinary Man, you’ll read Allan’s diaries and learn about an adventure about the Wallowa beginning on May 1, 1900. Then, a young man departed Seattle for Nome, Alaska aboard the schooner Mercury with the Wallowa along to assist.

125 Years Birthday Cake for Arthur FossNorthwest is honored to have the authors create this celebration and recognition of people so deeply involved with tug Arthur Foss.  An evening not to be missed.  Dress appropriately for outdoors under the tug’s cover and comfortably inside tug’s 1930’s living quarters.

Lightship Overfalls is Reborn: From a Rust Bucket to a Landmark

Lightship Overfalls WAL539 LV118 Bow Lewes Del

Lightship Overfalls WAL539 LV118 Bow Lewes Del

In 1999 the Lightship Overfalls (LV-118) lay rusting to pieces in a muddy hole in Lewes, Delaware. The community seemingly had lost hope of restoration and attempts to give her away were unsuccessful. Then, a small group of local citizens took ownership of the ailing vessel to save her from the ship breakers. The group put together a comprehensive plan to bring her back from the brink of oblivion. The plan, even with the extensive use of volunteer labor, had a capital budget of $1.2 million and the group had scant resources and no credibility.

The presentation discusses the project’s 13-year history including how the funds were raised and how the group stayed right on budget. Today, the museum ship is an award winning, National Historic Landmark, designated in 2011, and is featured in a park setting worthy of the vessel and the crews who served aboard.

Lightship Overfalls WAL539 LV118 Park Lewes, Del

David Bernheisel, Honorary Board member of the Overfalls Foundation, is a retired Federal employee and a self-proclaimed “life-long river rat.” He has been actively involved in the Overfalls Foundation since 2000, serving on the Board of Directors and in the roles of President, Vice President, and Out-reach Chair. For three years he served as a crew member of Delaware’s tall ship, Kalmar Nyckle, and completed the America’s Great Loop cruise in his own boat. He has also had international assignments with the USAID funded Farmer-to-Farmer program and as an election observer.

The Center for Wooden Boat is co-hosting event and graciously provides their boathouse as the evening’s venue.  Directions

— Lightship Work Party in the afternoon before talk. —