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Thread #99751   Message #1992010
Posted By: Stewart
09-Mar-07 - 06:15 PM
Thread Name: Who sings about tugboats?
Subject: Lyr Add: A HUNDRED YEARS AGO (Kotta/Widmann)
A HUNDRED YEARS AGO (Robert Kotta, and Mariide Widmann c 1989)
This reworking of a traditional chantey commemorates 100th anniversary of the tugboat Arthur Foss, the flagship of the Washington State Centennial. Arthur Foss is own maintained by Northwest Seaport in Seattle.

A hundred years is a very long time
Chorus: Oh aye ON
A hundred year is a very long time
Chorus: A hundred years ago

A hundred years on Pacific Shores
A hundred years now we're ready for more

In Eighteen hundred and eight-nine
A tug was launched so strong and fine

In Portland town her keel was laid
The tug WALLOWA was her name

At Columbia bas she towed the ships
Then make Alaskan Gold rush trips

When she was burned and seemed a loss
She was sold, rebuilt the ARTHUR FOSS

A-towing logs all up and down
To the mills around the Puget Sound

In Tugboat Annie, when Hollywood came
The tug NARCISSUS was her name

In '34 came a diesel screw
In '37 she was scuttled by the crew

In '41 she was caught by the war
With dull gray paint they covered her o'er

The last American to sail away
From Wake Island in December's gray

They took her name for a super tug
Renamed THEODORE: still towing logs,

Retired and given back her name
To northwest Seaport home she came

With industry support and volunteer time
They make the ARTHUR look so fine

In a hundred years she's seen some jobs
From sailing ships to super tugs

A waterfront lady always changing her name
She may be old but she's still in the game

Now she's the pride of Washington State
And she worked hard to make her great

For a hundred years her story's told
Of the wind and the rain and the sea so cold

Upon blue water she still is found
She's the proud old lady of Puget Sound


The tugboat Arthur Foss is still (last time I looked) at the south end of Lake Union in Seattle. The city parks wants to get rid of these old ships so they can build their nice tidy "maritime park." But that's another story. Robert Kotta is unfortunately no longer with us (deceased), but Mariide is still going strong singing sea chanties and songs of the sea around Puget Sound and Vancouver, B.C. You should get her to come down to S.F.

Cheers, S. in Seattle