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  • Year: 1897
  • Current Price: US$ 100,000
  • Located in Newport, RI
  • Hull Material: Wood
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel
  • YW# 78590-2949612

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We are privileged and honored to list the Tug “Wallace Foss” for sale. Built in 1897 by Tacoma Shipyard, this vessel was originally intended to be a wooden, steam passenger vessel. Plans changed and she began her career as the tug “Oscar B”. The “Oscar B” worked in the Puget Sound area until 1911. In 1913 the Rouse Towing Company bought her, did a complete overhaul and she was renamed the “Rouse”. She worked until 1925 when she was given another major over-haul. She was renamed “Wallace Foss” in 1945 and continued working the waters of the Pacific Northwest. “Wallace Foss” was a working tugboat through March 1971. She has been privately held in her “retirement” and most recently has been converted to a cruising and live aboard vessel in Newport, Rhode Island.

“Wallace Foss” is 62 feet long, has a beam of 16.2 feet, a draft of 8 feet and weighs 52 tons.

Her hull is 2 3/8” plank on 6x8 frames (fir); iron and bronze spike fastening; bronze bolts; edge grain fir decks; cruising speed is 8.5 to 9.0 knots; fuel consumption at 850 RPMs is 3.0 gallons per hour at 8.5 knots.

Her inventory includes:

  • D 13,000 Caterpillar Diesel

  • Bow and stern thrusters

  • 54” propeller with 4’ shaft

  • Engine driven air compressor to run pneumatic controls

  • Back-up 120 compressor

  • 32 volt charger and 2,000 watt inverter

  • 12 volt charger with 100 amp/2,000 watt inverter

  • Two 32 volt battery banks

  • Two 12 volt battery banks

  • Yanmar 10 KW generator

  • 4 JH Yanmar thruster engine

  • Furuno Nav Net series chart plotter with GPS and radar interface

  • Simrad auto pilot

  • 10” search light with remote control

  • 110 gallon fresh water tank

  • 1,400 gallon fuel capacity

  • Cruise RO Watermaker

  • 10 gallon engine driven or 100 hot water heater

  • Hicks-Bull Mach Co. Hydraulic anchor windlass

  • 3 bilge pumps

  • 165 lb Danforth anchor with 250 feet of ¾” stud link chain

  • Spare 65 lb Davis anchor with chain and rode

  • Four burner propane stove

  • Tundra refrigerator freezer

  • Haier 3.6 cu ft chest freezer

  • Microwave oven

  • Dock lines. Fenders, etc. etc. etc.


The boat has an “island queen” berth in the main stateroom. There are two single berths in the fo’c’s’le. Both cabins offer ample storage and are well ventilated and very clean. The dinette in the main salon collapses to provide sleeping accommodations for two. There is one head onboard with a basin and shower. This vessel provides the ambiance and accommodations of cruising yacht.

Restored in keeping with her classic lines and historic character, her systems and machinery have been continually updated to current safety standards. With comfortable working accommodations, a nice deckhouse salon and galley, she’s crowned by a magnificent pilothouse offering 360 degree visibility, modern electronics and walk around bridge and lounge decks.

Over many years the “Wallace Foss” has been awarded numerous Best-in-Show, Best Workboat, Best Restored, Oldest-in-Show, Best Traditional Design and Peoples Choice Awards at various festivals and gatherings. She turns heads wherever she goes!

Maritime history buffs and offshore cruising enthusiasts alike will be fascinated with the irreplaceable heritage aboard this hard-working tug. This is a unique opportunity to own, skipper and show a piece of American maritime history!

For more information or to schedule a viewing of this piece of our maritime heritage, please telephone the Broker at 401-368-1705 or email at

Please contact Joe Walkden at 1-855-AHOYMATE (1-855-246-9628)