Canadian Leader

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The Canadian Leader was built in 1967 at Collingwood, Ontario as the Feux Follets (Will of the Wisp) and renamed the Canadian Leader in 1972. The 10,000-hp steam turbine engine that still powers the boat was the last steam-powered engine put on a Great Lakes freighter. Photo taken September 24, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-15-2005

Canadian Leader here loading grain

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The Canadian Leader (above) is here loading grain. Built in 1967, it was the last steam powered laker built for Great Lakes service. The BBC Ontario is at anchor waiting to come in to load grain. It may come in Sunday evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/16/2005

Canadian Leader nears season end

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The Canadian Leader will leave here after discharging cement (above) to load grain in Thunder Bay for transfer to a salt water ship near the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It will then load iron ore in Port-Cartier for Hamilton, Ontario and maybe one more load of grain, perhaps out of Toledo. Then it will load sugar in Quebec for Toronto where it will go into winter layup. The sugar will be discharged as needed over the winter by Redpath Sugar. A last load such as this is called a storage load.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-04-2004

Canadian Leader seldom in Twin Ports

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The Canadian Leader will be making its 2nd appearance in the Twin Ports this year when it brings in a cargo of cement. It was not here at all last year or in 2001 and only twice in 2000. Built in 1967, it was the last steam powered laker built for Great Lakes service. Photo taken September 24, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-02-2004