CSL Niagara

 CSL Laurentien

CSL Niagara was built in 1972, is 740 feet long and flies the Canadian flag

CSL St-Laurent
Previous names:
J.W. McGiffin: 1972-1999
CSL Niagara: 1999-

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jwmcgiffinOctober1996The CSL Niagara  is made up of the engine room of the former J. W. McGiffin, seen in insert at right departing Duluth in October, 1996, connected to an entirely new hull. This newly reconstructed CSL Niagara made her debut appearance on July 26, 1999. Her engine room, when a part of the J. W. McGiffin, was built in 1971. (click to enlarge image)
More significantly, she was, at the time she was launched,  the largest laker on the Great Lakes capable of transiting the Welland Canal which was built to circumvent Niagara Falls. At 740 feet in length, 78 feet in width, the CSL Niagara can go from Duluth all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. She made 13 trips to the Twin Ports in the 2012-13 season.
The CSL Niagara came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on April 9, 2013. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.
Above, she departs Duluth on January 12, 2008; below she is seen in the Duluth harbor 10 days earlier.
Picture above taken Monday, January 9, 2006
Picture above taken Monday, January 9, 2006
Picture above taken Monday, July 29, 2002: entering the Duluth harbor
Picture above taken Monday, July 29, 2002: entering the Duluth ship canal


  1. Watching her pass Gros Cap light house right now. 17:38 August 9, 2017

  2. just saw this go by in lake Superior when we went on vacation!!

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