Hugo Scherer was also president of H. Scherer & Co., which sold carriage goods. The Detroit Boat Company shared its management and facilities with the Michigan Steel Boat Company. About 1907-1908 the company began selling knock-down boat frames, as advertised in Scientific America.
Stated that the Detroit Boat Co. of Detroit, Michigan purchased the factory recently vacated by the Olds Motor Works, makers of Oldsmobile's, upon the removal of that concern to Lansing. This gives the boat company a factory floor space of four acres, enabling it to turn out an unlimited stock of canoes, boats, launches, etc. Address 1280 Jefferson Ave. Detroit, Michigan.
Marine Directory 1908
The past winter and during the spring every builder of pleasure vessels has been and is being kept very busy…The Detroit Boat Co. have built and are now delivering over 150 launches on orders received during the past six months….
By 1911 the Detroit Boat Co. claimed to have sold their products to over 20,000 customers, and advertised itself as the “Largest Producers of Pleasure Crafts in the World.” Their factory had eight acres of floor space. They manufactured 64 different styles of boats that ranged in size from 14 to 35 feet in length and were equipped with Detroit Engine Works engines of two to fifty horsepower. Three different paddle style canoes were offered as were three different engine powered styles.
Hudson River Model - Spruce gunwales (closed), oak stems, oak or ash
thwarts, seats and decks.
Sizes in which the paddle canoes were offered.
Beam at Rails
Polk, R. L. & Co. Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1907-1908 (Detroit, MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1907.) pp. 666, 2329.
Polk, R. L. & Co. Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1909-1910 (Detroit, MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1909.) pp. 560, 2318.
Polk, R. L. & Co. Detroit City Directory, 1909 (Detroit, MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1909.) pp. 856, 1858, 2102, 2825.
Polk, R. L. & Co. Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1911-1912 (Detroit, MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1911.) pp. 543, 2167.
Polk, R. L. & Co. Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1913-1914 (Detroit, MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1913.) pp. 469, 1839.
Polk, R. L. & Co. Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1915 (Detroit, MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1915.) pp. 461, 1852.
Detroit Boat Company. The “Detroit” Boat represents the
highest quality service and best design of any priced boat (Detroit,
MI: Detroit Boat Company, 1911?) Library of Michigan, Rare
Research for Detroit Boat Co. Done by:
Scott M. Peters, Collections Historian
Michigan Historical Museum and John C. Davis,
Antiques & Scale Models.
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