The schooner MONTEZUMA, owned by Capt. Davidson, was launched Saturday afternoon at the Davidson Shipyards at Bay City. She is of wood, 300 feet long, 46 feet beam and 26 feet deep. She will leave port for Duluth on Wednesday.
Buffalo Evening News
Monday, July 13, 1903
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READY FOR THE REQUIEM.
Davidson to Launch Last Wooden Boat Saturday.
West Bay City, July 9. - A schooner which has been under construction at the Davidson shipyard for over two years will be launched Saturday.
As the shipyard company announces that it will build no more wooden freighters, this will probably be the last vessel of this class to be built for service on the lakes, as the Davidson company has for some years been the only concern building wooden boats on a large scale.
Detroit Free Press
Friday, July 10, 1903 [from Dave Swayze]
NOTE: The schooner was the MONTEZUMA (US#93397), Davidson hull number 102. She was 341x46x22, 2,722 gt, one of the largest wooden vessels ever built. It was later stated in the press that the reason Davidson's last large vessels took so long to build was the inavailabilty and resultant expense of the large oak timbers required. As steel went down in price, wood went up, and Davidson's last hulls cost as much as comparably-sized steel ones.
Schooner MONTEZUMA. U. S. No. 93397. Of 2,722 tons gross; 2,710 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1903. Home Port, Duluth, Minn. 342.0 x 46.0 x 21.6 Crew of 7.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911