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Tug Sea Fox

 
 
Tug <i>Sea Fox</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
1. Tug Sea Fox Marker
Caption: The Sea Fox on the San Francisco waterfront at the beginning of her career with Red Stack, about 1946.
Inscription. My uncle Rudy Sommer had the Sea Fox for years. She was a lucky boat and was a good puller. Hillstorm built two of them, the Fox and the Captain, both real good boats." - Captain Harold Sommer, former Sea Fox mate.

The Sea Fox, a Miki class tug, was built for the Army Transport Service as LT 519. She was purchased by Tom Crowley in 1946 and served on San Francisco Bay as part of the "Red Stack" fleet. Sea Fox was me of twelve Mikis owned by Crowley.
The first of the Miki boats, the Mikimiki, was built in Seattle in 1929. The successful design was adopted for 61 boats built for the government during World War II.
Sea Fox was a hero in the rescue of the wine tanker Angelo Petri in 1960. Fighting gale conditions, she was the first tug to get a line aboard the disabled ship, saving her from destruction off Ocean Beach. Sea Fox was retired after being damaged in a collision in the mid-1960s.

BASIC FACTS:
Built: 1944, North Bend Oregon
Builder: Hillstrom Shipbuilding Co.
Length -118 feet Beam 28 feet
Draft - 14 feet
Engine Type - 8 Cylinder Enterprise Diesel, 1200 BHP
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior. National Park Service, San Francisco
Tug <i>Sea Fox</i> and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
2. Tug Sea Fox and Marker
Maritime National Historic Park.
 
Location. 37° 48.533′ N, 122° 25.265′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Hyde Street near Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2950 Hyde Street, San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Tubbs Cordage Building (a few steps from this marker); Ferryboat Eureka (a few steps from this marker); The Return of the C.A. Thayer (within shouting distance of this marker); Hyde Street Pier Was Part of Highway 101 (within shouting distance of this marker); Sanitation at Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Petaluma's Sternwheel (within shouting distance of this marker); Schooner C.A. Thayer (within shouting distance of this marker); Hyde Street Pier (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. The Tug Sea Fox, part of the San Francisco Maritime Nation Historical Park, is located on Hyde Street Pier at the bottom of Hyde Street.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Tug <i>Sea Fox</i> image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
3. Tug Sea Fox
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 92 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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