Thea Christiansen Foss (8 June 1857 – 7 June 1927) was the founder of Foss Maritime, the largest tugboat company in the western United States. She was the real-life person on which the fictional character "Tugboat Annie" (originally portrayed on film in 1933 by Marie Dressler) was based.
As 'Tugboat Annie'
The fictional character of "Tugboat Annie", which was based on the life of Foss, debuted on 7 July 1931Saturday Evening Post written by Norman Reilly Raine. This was followed by the smash hit 1933 movie Tugboat Annie, starring Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery as a comically quarrelsome middle-aged couple who operate a tugboat. The Arthur Foss, one of the oldest wooden-hulled tugboats afloat in the United States, was cast by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio to play in this production.in the first of a series of seventy-five stories published over a span of thirty years in the
A sequel called Tugboat Annie Sails Again, starring Marjorie Rambeau as Annie and featuring future U.S. president Ronald Reagan, was released in 1940, followed by another called Captain Tugboat Annie, starring Jane Darwell as Annie, in 1945. There is also a 1957 Canadian-filmed television series, The Adventures of Tugboat Annie starring Minerva Urecal.
- The Thea Foss Waterway, a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometre) mile inlet in Tacoma's industrial area, and connected to Puget Sound, is named after Foss.
- The USS Amber (PYc-6), which had served as a patrol vessel in World War II, was renamed the Thea Foss after being purchased by Foss Marine Company.
- Thea Foss Lodge of the Daughters of Norway was instituted on 29 May 2004. Lodge #45 meets in the Chimacum, Washington.
- Foss Peak, a 6524 foot mountain summit in the Tatoosh Range of Mount Rainier National Park.
- HistoryLink.org Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History
- History of Foss Maritime Archived 19 June 2007 at Archive.is
- "The Bashing of Bullwinkle". Saturday Evening Post. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
- Olafson, Robert B. (Spring 1980). "Tubgoat Annie in the Northwest: Seventy-five Stories, Two Movies, and a TV Series". The Pacific Northwest Forum. 5 (2): 2–4. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
- Foss Maritime Official Website
- So Many Things To Do Yet: The Saga of Thea Foss
- Finding Thea documentary film
- Thea Foss Lodge #45, Daughters of Norway
- Foss Waterway Development Authority
- Thea Foss at Find a Grave
- Raine, Norman Reilly (1977). Tugboat Annie: great stories from the Saturday Evening Post. Indianapolis: Curtis Pub. Co. OCLC 3286473.
- Foss Peak at Peakware.com