The H. Lee White leaving Duluth at sunset prepares to pass under the aerial lift bridge and enter the Duluth Ship Canal.
Named after a former chairperson, the H. Lee White is a diesel-powered Lake freighter built in 1974 for American Steamship. It is 704 feet long and 78 feet wide, with a carrying capacity of 35,400 Gross Tons. The H. Lee White is predominantly black and hull red, the natural color of iron ore.
Called a “Laker” because it is a bulk carrier specially built to sail the Great Lakes. Lakers have an average lifespan of 40 to 50 years. They are too large to fit through the St. Lawrence Sea Way, so remain on the Great Lakes.
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March 12th, 2021
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