The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Fri., 10 Jul, 1903

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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.

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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.
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Fri., 10 Jul, 1903
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Fri., 10 Jul, 1903