John D. Leitch

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John D. Leitch was built in 1967, is 730 feet long and flies the Canadian flag

Previous names:
Canadian Century: 1967-2002
John D. Leitch: 2002-

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The John D. Leitch  was built in 1967 at St. Catharines, Ontario as the Canadian Century. She first carried coal to Ontario Hydro.  In 2002, she received a new and larger cargo hold and her current name. She has an unusual squared hull that provides more room for cargo. Her bow has a very tall pilothouse with crew quarters just below. At the time of her launch, she was the largest capacity self-unloading vessel on the Great Lakes. Pictures below taken July 5, 2015 when she arrived in the Duluth entry to get fuel before moving over to Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets
Above, taken on November 23, 2013 while she was waiting at the Port Authority before loading iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern
Above, she waits in the St Louis River on March 23, 2010 before loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth. She was, I am quite sure, the first arrival of the season; she came from her winter layup in Thunder Bay.
Above and below, she made 2 early visits in April, 2009 to load coal for Thunder Bay at the Midwest Energy Resources terminal in Superior.
Above, she departs Duluth on May 15, 2008 after loading coal at Midwest Energy
Above she arrives in the Duluth harbor after going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. She went over to Midwest Energy to load coal.
After discharging salt at C. Reiss Terminal on the St. Louis River in Duluth on June 6, 2005, she loaded coal at Midwest Energy, on the other side (Superior) of the river and is seen here departing Duluth on June 7, 2005
Before 2001, she was the Canadian Century. In that year, she received a new midsection, creating a larger cargo hold and soon thereafter the new name. She was rebuilt specifically to take coal to Ontario Power.


  1. kevin Daly says:

    she went by round Island last night ( Clayton ny) Beautiful lights, Lit up so nice,

  2. The Leitch is certainly a good looking ship. I like her tall pilothouse, her v-shaped bow and her lines. How nice, Mr. Regan, that you got such a nice memory from the friendliness of the Captain. Something like this is always special.

  3. dennis regan says:

    The John D Leach is one of the friendlyist boats that ply the St Lawarance and the 1000 islands,while passing Clayton NY heading we pulles along side and waved to the pilot house, the captain came out and gave us a big wave with his arms outstretches,my family from Reno was onboard and it made their vacation here a great memory,The John D Leach one ofthe great boats of the great lakes

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