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A society formed in 2009 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, celebrating, and disseminating the maritime history of the San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound area. Check this log for tales from out-of-print publications as well as from members and friends. There are circa 700, often long entries, on a broad range of maritime topics; there are search aids at the bottom of the log. Please ask for permission to use any photo posted on this site. Thank you.

1992 ❖ GOLD DREDGE with a Four-Foss-Escort

and 3 other helpers to push and pull the 
Gold Dredge down Hylebos Waterway to her 
final resting place at General Metals scrap yard.
Tacoma, WA. dated April 1992.
The dredge measured 368' L x 150' wide x 150' high.

Original photo from the Saltwater People Historical Society©

The dredge work was golden for five years from 1985 to 1990 in Nome, AK. But this day the 368' long gold dredge is being pushed and pulled to her doom. 
      It took four Foss tugs to talk the dredge down Tacoma's Hylebos Waterway to the final resting place at General Metals scrap yard in Tacoma. General Metals expected the job to take about six months for dismantling.
Text from The Seattle Times April 1992. 

Past crew:
1960: Capt. Arthur E. Hofstad who left the family ranch on McNeil Island in 1919 to join the Foss organization, retired from the BRYNN FOSS. (W. McCurdy's Marine History of the PNW. Newell, editor.) 

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