John D. Leitch departs Twin Ports

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The Canadian flagged John D. Leitch, seen above departing Duluth last May, is expected to arrive today for the 6th time this season. On each trip, as today, it loaded coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. Before 2001, it was known as the Canadian Century. In that year, its cargo hold was enlarged when a new midsection was installed. It was then renamed to its current name. It was rebuilt specifically to do what it is doing today, taking coal to Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. It may drop anchor off the Duluth piers since it will have to wait for the American Mariner, the Kaye E. Barker and the Indiana Harbor to load coal at Midwest Energy. Photo taken on May 15, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-17-2008

John D. Leitch approaching Duluth

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The John D. Leitch will be here today to load coal. It has only been here 15 times since 1996, continuing a steady stream of seldom seen boats coming here at the end of the season. It often brings salt in but we have not had a very bad winter and thus don’t have quite the need for salt that we usually do. This is the second visit here this year for the Leitch; it was here in May as well (above). In 2001, when the Leitch was known as the Canadian Century, it received a new midsection, giving it a larger cargo hold and soon thereafter a new name.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-29-2006

John D. Leitch beneath Aerial Lift Bridge

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Two loads of coal and three loads of taconite will be leaving the Twin Ports today. The John D. Leitch came in last night with a cargo of salt and should have completed discharging that cargo early this morning. It will leave sometime today with one of the cargos of coal. In 2001, when the Leitch was known as the Canadian Century, it received a new midsection, giving it a larger cargo hold and soon thereafter a new name.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-07-2006

John D. Leitch

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The John D. Leitch (above) and the Wolverine will both be here today. Both boats have been infrequent visitors in recent years, but less so this year. The Wolverine is here for the 4th time, the Leitch for its 3rd visit this season. In 2001, when the Leitch was known as the Canadian Century, it received a new midsection, giving it a larger cargo hold and soon thereafter a new name. Photo taken June 7, 2005.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-11-2005