Built in 1944 by the Victory Shipbuilding Corporation of Newport Beach, California as the YTL-309 for the United States Navy.
In 1950, she was sold for scrap to A.G. Metal Products of Honolulu, Hawaii, where her engines were removed.
In 1953, the hull was acquired by the Foss Launch and Tug Company of Tacoma, Washington. She was then towed to Tacoma by the Agnes Foss , then rebuilt and renamed as the Duncan Foss.
In 1969, her name was changed to Elaine Foss in order to free up the previous name for a new-build vessel.
In 1970, she was acquired by Canadian owners and renamed as the Cumshewa Chief.
In 1974, the tug was acquired by Tania Enterprises Limited of Kyuquot, British Columbia, where she was renamed as the Tania Too.
In 1982, she was acquired by Godwin Marine Limited of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, where the tug retained her name.
In 1985, while underway near Ocean Falls, British Columbia, the tug hit a deadhead and sank.