Launching the S.G. Simpson


March 17, 2022

Courtesy of Mason County Historical Museum

The S.G. Simpson at anchor in Sheldon.

This story is taken from the Aug. 23, 1907, edition of the Mason County Journal.

On Aug. 19, 1907, about 40 people from Shelton, hosted by Mark E. Reed, Arthur Govey and Thomas O'Neill, traveled to the Crawford and Reid boatyard in Tacoma to participate in launching the hull of the new Shelton Transportation Co. steamship S. G. Simpson.

The party boarded the steamship Shelton at 7 a.m. and spent the next four hours on a pleasant run to Tacoma. Upon arrival, they traveled uptown for luncheon and sightseeing. By 2 p.m., they were gathered at the shipyard with other friends and steamboat men,...

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