First trip here for H. Lee White this season

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The US flagged H. Lee White came into port on Tuesday afternoon, April 10, 2012, to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock for Quebec. She departed (above) on Wednesday afternoon. Click below to hear her parting salute:

Mackinaw comes out of dry dock, departs under the Lift Bridge

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The Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw left Fraser Shipyards today (June 16, 2009), seen above going by the H. Lee White on her way to the Lift Bridge. This at 11:30 this morning. She is still in the area off the piers, checking out the repaired Azipods; not sure they will leave if everything is ok, or whether they will come back in. (Note at 4:00; after moving around just outside the Duluth piers, she has gone out into the lake, on her way, I presume, to her next job.

H. Lee White approaches Duluth canal

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The H. Lee White was expected in port early this morning on its 4th visit to the Twin Ports this season. It is here to load 28,000 tons of coal for Silver Bay Power. In the picture, it is seen entering the Duluth ship canal on May 27th last year. Despite its short length (704 feet), it has both bow and stern thrusters and a self-unloading system that can discharge cargo up to 6,000 tons per hour. Twenty-three hatches on deck open into six cargo holds below deck, giving it a maximum capacity of 35,200 tons. Photo taken on May 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-06-2009

H. Lee White departing Twin Ports

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The H. Lee White, seen above going under the Lift Bridge last October, will be here today with a cargo of limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan. After discharging that cargo, it will move over to Midwest Energy Resources to load 30,000 tons of coal for Marquette, leaving sometime early afternoon. It will then return to the Twin Ports on Saturday for another 30,000 tons of coal, this time to Milwaukee. The White has loaded iron ore pellets in Two Harbors for Gary several times this year. It has also made a couple trips to Silver Bay from Midwest Energy with coal. Unlike most US freighters, she has been known to move through the Welland Canal that connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The Welland was built to allow ship traffic to go around Niagara Falls. Photo taken on October 18, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-27-2009

Chilly onlookers see H. Lee White depart

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The H. Lee White left under the Lift Bridge late Saturday afternoon (above) with coal for Milwaukee. It had arrived just after midnight with limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. The White follows a fairly regular cycle of loading taconite at Silver Bay; discharging it in Cleveland and then going to Sandusky or Toledo to load coal for River Rouge. It then returns to Silver Bay for iron ore pellets. Sometimes, as today, they get a limestone cargo to discharge in Duluth. Often, as today, they then load coal, in this case, for Milwaukee. Photo taken on October 18,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-19-2008

H. Lee White arriving Duluth ship canal

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The H. Lee White, seen above approaching the Duluth piers in May, will be here today for the 7th time this season. In about half the visits, it brought limestone to discharge before loading either iron ore pellets or coal. It has loaded taconite at the CN Dock here and in Two Harbors, and also at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe dock in Superior, and as today, it has also loaded coal at Midwest Energy Resources. Today’s cargo will go to WE-Energies in Milwaukee. Photo taken on May 27,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-10-2008

H. Lee White here, then Silver Bay

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The H. Lee White came into port last night (above) with a cargo of coal. It should complete that discharge today and then leave for Silver Bay to pick up a load of iron ore pellets. Built in 1973, it is only 704 feet long. The smaller size allows it to go into ports where the 1,000 footers would not fit. Unlike most US freighters, it has been known to move through the Welland Canal, which was built to allow boats to move around Niagara Falls, thus providing a shipping lane between Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and eventually out to the Atlantic Ocean.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-28-2008

H. Lee White brings limestone

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The H. Lee White, seen above entering the Duluth Ship Canal on July 21st, 2005, is expected in port today with a cargo of limestone loaded in Calcite, Michigan. After that, the White will depart for Silver Bay to pick up a cargo of iron ore pellets to take to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. In recent years, the White has averaged about 12 trips to the Twin Ports a season. This will be the 1st trip here this season.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-09-2008

H. Lee White rides into the sunset

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The H. Lee White came into port late Monday afternoon (above) with a cargo of limestone loaded at Calcite, Michigan. After discharging the stone, it will go to Silver Bay to load taconite for Mittal Steel in Indiana Harbor. When it arrived on March 26th this year, it was the first boat in the new season to arrive in the Twin Ports from beyond the Soo Locks. Ice and the problems it creates for ships on the Great Lakes does not follow a schedule. The Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay has been called to Thunder Bay and should be departing here after a short ice breaking session in the harbor this morning. Photo taken on December 11,2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-12-2007

BN loading taconite to H. Lee White

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The H. Lee White will be here today for the 3rd time this season, discharging a load of limestone before moving over to the Burlington Northern Dock to load taconite pellets. The White was the first boat to visit the Twin Ports from beyond the Soo Locks this year, arriving on March 26th to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Taconite Facility in Superior (above). The self-unloading boom has been moved away from the deck so the cargo holds can be filled. The steam you see rising above the deck of the boat is caused by taconite pellets still warm from the pellet-making process on the Iron Range hitting the cold March air. The pellets were loaded directly into rail cars from the pellet plant and sent to the BN where they were then discharged onto conveyor belts and sent to the ore dock and loaded into the boat. Pellets still warm from the pellet plant are referred to as ‘fresh pellets.’ Photo taken on March 26, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-02-2007

H. Lee White first in from beyond the Soo

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We had another first of the season event on Monday. Only a couple more firsts and we can declare the season started. This first: the H. Lee White arrived late Monday morning to load taconite at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe dock in Superior. It was the first boat to arrive here from beyond the Soo Locks. They opened at 12:01 on Sunday morning. The H. Lee White usually loads taconite at Silver Bay so we don’t see it so often. Above, Port Authority Promotion Manager Lisa Marciniak stands with H. Lee White captain Steve Hooton shortly after the boat arrived. The Port Authority regularly greets the first boat from beyond the Soo. The last first will be the first boat that arrives here after transiting the entire St. Lawrence Seaway System. That is usually a salt water ship. Three 1,000-footers will be arriving today from beyond the Soo and two of them that spent the winter here will be departing. And the Canadian Provider should be here to load the first grain of the season. Photo taken on March 26, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 03-27-2007

H. Lee White nears Aerial Lift Bridge

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The H. Lee White will be here today for the 7th time this season. It brought limestone in and/or loaded taconite for lower lakes ports on the first 5 trips. It will load coal for Wisconsin Electric Power in Milwaukee on this trip as it did on the last trip here on September 30th. Photo taken October 15, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-18-2005

H. Lee White here for coal

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The H. Lee White will be here today to load coal for Wisconsin Electric Power in Milwaukee. This will be the 6th trip here this year for the White. In the first 5 trips, it brought limestone in and/or loaded taconite for lower lakes ports. Photo taken October 15, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-30-2005