Echo (steam tug)
On August 16, 1906, the Foss gasoline-powered launch Lion caught fire in Commencement Bay, when a fuel valve mistakenly left open had spilled 30 gallons of gasoline into her bilges, which was ignited by the engine backfiring. Echo pumped water on board Lion until the fire was out, while a boat from the cutter Grant took off her crew and passengers.
Purchase by Foss Launch & Tug Co.
- Newell, Gordon R., ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, at 61, Superior Publishing, Seattle, WA 1966
- McCurdy, at 61
- McCurdy, at 127
- McCurdy, at 265, 266 and 632
Historic images from the on-line collections of the University of Washington
- Elf in Tacoma Harbor (a similar steam tug, also owned by Capt. O.G. Olson and later Foss Launch & Tug)
- Olympian, another steam tug owned by Capt. O.G. Olson
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