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 Thea Andrine <I>Christiansen (Kristiansdatter)(Berg)</I> Foss

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Thea Andrine Christiansen (Kristiansdatter)(Berg) Foss

Birth
Eidsberg kommune, Østfold fylke, Norway
Death 7 Jun 1927 (aged 69)
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Burial Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 14662316 View Source
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The story goes that, in 1889, Thea Foss bought a used rowboat for $5. After a quick paint job, she re-sold it for $15 and bought 2 more.

The rowboat "fleet" grew to some 200 boats which Thea rented to fishermen, picnic parties, and duck hunters.

Seeing a need to be filled, Thea bought a launch and hired her sons to motor between the shores of Tacoma, Washington and the ships anchored in Commencement Bay. They carried supplies and ferried sailors. The operation grew into Foss Tug (now Foss Maritime), the largest tugboat operation in the Western United States.

It's also said that Thea was the real-life person portrayed in the "Tugboat Annie" series.


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  • Created by: Scott Lindstrom
  • Added: 20 Jun 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 14662316
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/14662316/thea-andrine-foss : accessed ), memorial page for Thea Andrine Christiansen (Kristiansdatter)(Berg) Foss (8 Jun 1857–7 Jun 1927), Find a Grave Memorial ID 14662316, citing Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Scott Lindstrom (contributor 46847020) .