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Jim Casey wrote this article in his "northwest passage" column in the "people" section of a Seattle newspaper probably sometime in the 1980s. Titled "Captain loved that windjammer", the article is as much about the WAWONA as it is about Captain Thorstein "Tom" Haugen.
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 retired. He died July 20, 1980, and his ashes were scattered over the ocean off Cape Flattery on August 23, 1980.
WAWONA was bought to be turned into a tourist schooner for the South Seas, but efforts to remove the smell of codfish were unsuccessful. A Montana cattle rancher thought he could haul Herefords to the "Orient", but that scheme didn't come to pass. In 1962 Save Our Ships (now Northwest Seaport) raised funds to buy the ship with hopes of preserving it. [The ship was towed to drydock for dismantling March 9, 2009.]
|Title||WAWONA and Capt. Haugen|
|Caption||WAWONA/ Haugen newspaper article|
HAUGEN, Thorston "Tom" Captain
FOSS, Charles, Captain
Communication - Newspaper
Maritime - Boat
Place - Seattle