John D. Leitch

Kaministiqua was built in 1983, is 730 feet long and flies the Canadian flag

Leonard M.
Previous names:
Saskatchewan Pioneer: 1983-1995
Lady Hamilton: 1995-2006
Voyageur Pioneer: 2006-2008
Kaministiqua: 2008-

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The Kaministiqua  started life as the Saskatchewan Pioneer in 1982 when she was launched in Glasgow, Scotland. She was built for salt water and Great Lakes work, allowing the ship to work the oceans during the two months of winter when the Great Lakes are closed. The first ocean trip (after the initial trip from Scotland) left Duluth on November 14, 1983 for France. She visited Duluth many times after that as the Lady Hamilton. From 2006 to 2008, she was the Voyageur Pioneer. In 2008, she was sold again and visited Duluth in September of that year as the Kaministiqua. In the season of 2012-2013 she made 10 trips to the Twin Ports. Picture above taken August 10, 2010.
Picture above taken Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Picture above taken Friday, August 25, 2006
Picture above taken Thursday, July 3, 2003
Picture above taken Friday, June 27, 2003
Picture above taken Friday, August 31, 2001


  1. Still a rust bucket. So is the Indiana Harbor. Sure wish the companies would take better care of their ships.

  2. Sure can tell she’s looking for a load!!!

  3. Needs a shot of derusto paint

  4. Jan Brown says:

    We watched it come in today and it looks like the crew should start painting when in port.The ship is a real rust bucket.

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