Shelton-Mason County Journal - Dedicated to the citizens of Mason County, Washington since 1886

Emma M. takes to the sea


January 19, 2023

Courtesy of Mason County Historical Museum

Emma M. waiting to be launched at low tide.

The idea for this story came from Jerry Sheldon, who as a boy, watched a boat being built in a shed near his home on Hillcrest. The details are from issues of the Shelton-Mason County Journal.

Over a period of three days in May 1942, a homemade fishing boat called Emma M. made the 2-mile trip down the highway from a backyard shed on Arcadia Street, Hillcrest, through downtown Shelton to a successful launch at Bedell's Moorage on Oakland Bay.

Emma M. was the creation of brothers Art and Bill McLaughlin, who despite both working full-time jobs at the Rayonier mill digester plant, "completed t...

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