Coos Bay in Coos County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
In Memory of Curtis Sause (1913-2001)
Tug IRENE donated by his wife, Margie Sause
— September 2002 —
The 27-foot tug named Irene was built in 1938 by a family friend, C.J. Sessions, for Henry Sause, Sr. and Curtis Sause. It was designed along the lines of a Columbia River gillnetter with a four-cylinder, 40 horsepower Durant automobile engine. The boat was used to tow log rafts from the Tillamook River across the bay to Garibaldi, where the logs were assembled into seagoing rafts (known as Davis rafts) and towed to Aberdeen Plywood at Aberdeen, Washington. This undertaking was the forerunner to Sause Bros. Ocean Towing Co., Inc., a company that is prominent in the ocean towing industry 64 years later.
Erected 2002 by Margie Sause.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 43° 22.227′ N, 124° 12.715′ W. Marker is in Coos Bay, Oregon, in Coos County. Marker is on Oregon Coast Highway (U.S. 101) north of East Market Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is a metal tablet mounted in the sidewalk in front of a kiosk exhibiting the subject tugboat. The kiosk is on the sidewalk midway between US 101 and North Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 390 North Front Street, Coos Bay OR 97420, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers 340 Year Old Tree (a few steps from this marker); Bay View Brewery / Guildesheim's 2nd Hand Hide & Junk Store (a few steps from this marker); What is a Tugboat? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tugboat Ancestors (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tug Power (approx. 0.2 miles away); Koos No. 2 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shipping (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to the Oregon Coast (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coos Bay.
Also see . . . Sause Bros. History.
The Sause family are pioneers in the tug and barge business on the Oregon and Washington coasts beginning in the mid-1930’s. Henry Sause Sr. and his son, Curtis, began towing log rafts from the Tillamook Bay area into both the Columbia River and Grays Harbor, Washington. During the World War II era, the family business grew with the addition of two larger tugs as well as barges for hauling both logs and finished lumber. (Submitted on February 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.