The H. Lee White seen passing under the Duluth Lift Bridge as it leaves the Duluth harbor shortly after sunset.
The H. Lee White is a “Laker” because it is a bulk carrier that was specially built to sail the Great Lakes. These ships are predominantly black or “hull red” (the natural color of iron ore) in color. The majority of Lakers are now self-unloaders with a long boom mounted above their decks. The average lifespan of Lakers is 40-50 years. These ships remain on the Great Lakes because they are too large to fit through the St. Lawrence Sea Way.
H. Lee White is a diesel-powered Lake freighter built in 1974 for American Steamship and named for a former chairman. It is 704 feet long and 78 feet wide, with a carrying capacity of 35,400 Gross Tons.
Copyright 2018 Susan Rissi Tregoning
September 3rd, 2018
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