63′ Tug – Wallace Foss
Wallace Foss is one of the few remaining late 19th century Pacific North West workboats that hauled people, supplies, barges and lumber between Tacoma, Seattle and the outlying islands. They were essential to the development of the North West and earned themselves a distinguished place in the regional history. After a long working career, the Foss was retired in 1972 and converted to a yacht. She has been used in that capacity, in addition to a bit of recent charter work, ever since. It’s a role the Foss has adapted to remarkably well.
Her exterior is pure workboat, particularly in the traditional Foss paint scheme. The scale of all the deck gear is impressive and everything looks purposeful and well maintained. Her aft working deck is expansive and perfect for entertaining. The Wallace Foss’s interior spaces are comfortable, well- proportioned and have a unique character to them you won’t find on any modern production boat. Her slow turning diesel sips fuel and she’s exceptionally stable; a very comfortable boat to live on and move from place to place.
The Foss’s raised wheel-house, with interior and exterior access, sits atop her main deck house and offers exception visibility in all directions. The salon occupies the curved forward part of her deck level house, behind it ladders to the wheel-house above and accommodation below. Aft there is a nicely appointed galley to starboard and head to port. Below deck there is a comfortable cabin with King-size bed and two outboard singles forward and engine room aft, both well light and airy.
The Wallace Foss is a piece of history, a comfortable live aboard and a unique and viable platform for a day charter business. She’s currently in her winter berth in Newport, RI and available for viewings. 2019 survey available on request.
The Wallace Foss (originally named the Oscar B.) was built in 1897 for the Blekum Towboat Company in Tacoma, WA. She was initially built as a passenger vessel and ferried prospectors to the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. In 1899 Blekum had Oscar B. rebuilt as a tug to serve the logging business. She served in that capacity in Puget Sound and the Hood Canal until her retirement. Oscar B. was acquired by the Foss Company in 1920. In keeping with the company policy of naming vessels after members of the family, was rechristened the Wallace Foss (after the grandnephew of founders Andrew and Thea Foss) in 1945. She was retired from service in 1972 and traded hands in the Puget Sound area a few times before coming east in 2012.
Construction and Refits:
The Wallace Foss’s condition after more than 120 years is testament to the quality of materials and methods of construction. She is built of old growth cedar and douglas fir to massive scantlings. Her frames are double-sawn 6×6, her planking, decking stock and ceiling planking all 2 ½”.
The Foss’s distinctive raised pilot house was added in 1949. The Caterpillar D13000 engine installed in 1959/60 is in the vessel to this day. Its been through multiple overhauls and has proven itself to be remarkably reliable. Like most of the slow turning diesels of its day, it has a low hp number but delivers loads of torque and sips fuel.
Her most recent significant work was carried out over the winter and spring of 2019. During which the following items were completed by her current owner, a fastidious yacht engineer.
- Shaft pulled to allow access for driveline inspection and engine service.
- Prop sent off for balance.
- All new electronics package.
- Completely refinished inside and out.
- Wiring work
- New Furuno electronics package
- D13000 Caterpillar 6 cylinder Diesel Engine, 2600 hrs since major overhaul
- 1500 gal. fuel capacity
- 25hp pony motor
- 12v and 32v alternators
- Halon fire suppression system
- PTO driven hydraulics for anchor windlass
- 54” Bronze 3 blade prop
- 5 ½” Stainless shaft
- 10Kw Yanmar genset with new alternator end
- Yanmar power pack for thrusters
- Bow and Stern thrusters
- Hydraulic windlass with capstan and chain gypsy
- 200’ of 3/4“ stud link chain
- Danforth Anchor
- 32v and 12v battery bank
- 12v charger
- 32v Inverter/Charger
- Vitifrigo front opening fridge
- Diesel/Propane cook stove
- HeadHunter fresh water pump
- Galleymaid greywater pump
- HeadHunter push button electric toilet
- 5 gal. hot water heater
- Full Furuno nav. system upgrade in 2019
- Wireless Furuno radar
- Wireless Chart plotter (2019)
- AIS (2019)
- Nmea 200 VHF w/ ais
- Simrad Autopilot
- 6” Richie compass
- Brass barometer and clock
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