The Poltalloch was beached at Willapa Bay near the lighthouse in December of 1900. Local businesses felt that shipping and commerce would grow if Shoalwater Bay and its port had a more attractive name than the one that John Meares had bestowed upon it in 1788 as a warning to mariners of what he deemed was a treacherous shallow approach. Unfortunately, the Poltalloch found the original name to be all too true and it was seven months before it could be refloated off the shoal. (Courtesy Westport Maritime Museum)
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