The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
James Davidson (Propeller), U75786, 20 Jun 1874

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Capt. Davidson of this city, has just completed another large propeller at his shipyard in Bay City. She is described as a handsome craft, of 1,456 tons burthen, new measurement, and named the JAMES DAVIDSON. Her dimensions are: Length of keel, 226 ft.; overall 24? ft.; beam, 37 ft.; lower hold, 13 ft.; between decks, 8 ft. in the shoalest place. Commodious and nicely furnished rooms are abaft the pilot house in the texas, while roomy and neat accommodations for the crew are found in the forecastle. Aft on the main deck are the dining rooms for the engineers and wheelsman, finished in white oakand graining. The carrying capacity of of the DAVIDSON is estimated at 60,000 bu. corn. The new vessel will probably get underway about the middle of this week. She is now at Detroit.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 10, 1874 3-6

The new propeller JAMES DAVIDSON was launched at Davidson's yard in Bay City last saturday. She registers 1464 tons and she admeasures 230 x 30 x 19½.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, June 22, 1874
      Steam screw JAMES DAVIDSON. U. S. No. 75786. Of 1456.11 tons gross; 1202.40 tons net. Built Salzburg, Mich., 1874. Home port, St. Clair, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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James Davidson (Propeller), U75786, 20 Jun 1874