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Bruce Sherman wrote this article about Captain Thorstein "Tom" Haugen on August 18, 1980. for the Business/Marine section of the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER.
Haugen was born in Hommelvick, Norway in 1886 and immigrated to the United States in 1909. He labored in lumber camps and on railroads while he learned to speak English. He went to sea in 1915 and sailed on a variety of vessels until 192 when he signed aboard the WAWONA as second mate to Captain Charles Foss in 1924. He became first mate in 1927. Captain Foss died of a heart attack at the ship's wheel on August 13, 1935 and was buried on Akun Island. Haugen assumed command of the schooner and sailed home with more than a million pounds of cod. During World War II the WAWONA was demasted and served as a lumber barge, and Haugen found work as the mate of an Alaskan passenger ship. After the war the ship was re-rigged, but the seasons of 1946 and 1947 were disappointing; the ship was sold, and Haugen found work as a rigger until failing eyesight caused him to finally retire in 1961. He died July 20, 1980, and his ashes were scattered over the ocean off Cape Flattery on August 23, 1980.
Quoting his wife, "He had respect for the sea, and the sea had respect for him."
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HAUGEN, Thorston "Tom" Captain
Communication - Newspaper
Maritime - Boat
Place - Seattle