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Pretoria (Schooner), U150872, 26 Jul 1900

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Next Saturday afternoon the immense new wooden schooner which Captain Davidson is building as an addition to his fleet will be launched at the Davidsaon Shipyard, West Bay City. The claim is made that the new schooner will be the largest and finest ever built on the lakes. Her dimensions are 350 feet long, 45 feet beam and 24 feet deep.
      Work on the steamer "No. 95" will be completed at the Davidson yard about Oct. 1. Her machinery has already arrived.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      July 25, 1900

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      West Bay City, July 26. - The schooner PRETORIA, the largest wooden boat ever built, was launched at Davidson's shipyard this afternoon, in the presence of a vast multitude.
      The PRETORIA will carry 5,000 gross tons of iron ore, 175,000 bushels of wheat, or 300,000 bushels of oats. The schooner is 350 feet long, 45 feet 6 inches beam, and 27 feet deep. She is very strongly, and substantially constructed in every way, has steel keelson plates, steel cords, steel arches, and is also diagonally strapped with steel. The vessel is equipped with three masts, each having a topmast, and these are all equipped with sails.
      The PRETORIA when launched was ready for sea, and even her sails were bent and running gear all rove off when she went into the water. A large pony boiler is supplied, which is situated forward, and this furnishes steam to all the steam appliances. The steam windlass is situated on the main deck, and the vessel is also supplied with the latest improved stockless anchors. The after cabin is built on the main deck, the same as a steamer, and this is entirely in hardwood, cabinet finish. The pilot house is located aft, and the vessel is steered by the latest improved hydraulic steerer. A large deck hoist and combination pump is situated amidships for use of moving at dock or hoisting sails or cargo, as well as for pumping the ship. Another large steam pump and steam syphons are situated forward. The PRETORIA has a rating of A 1 star in the Inland Lloyds insurance register, and also has the highest class in all the insurance registers of New York City and London. The steamer that will tow the PRETORIA is expected to arrive in the Saginaw bay Sunday night or Monday, when the new ship will leave here on her maiden trip and will probably go to Duluth the first time.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      July 27, 1900
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Schooner PRETORIA. U. S. No. 150872. Of 2790 tons gross; 2715 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1900. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 338.4 x 44.0 x 23.0 Crew of 6.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902

NOTE:-- Picture of PRETORIA on the stocks in Detroit Free Press of Aug. 11, 1900

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Pretoria (Schooner), U150872, 26 Jul 1900