H. Lee White (2)
IMO 7366362

Downbound at Mission Pt., June 30, 2007.
(Matt Miner)


Built by the Bay Shipbuilding Corp., Sturgeon Bay, WI, for the American Steamship Co., Buffalo, NY, H. Lee White (2) was launched December 3, 1973 and sailed on her maiden voyage June 1, 1974. This self-unloading bulk freighter is powered by twin V-20 3,600 horsepower GM diesel engines. She has bow and stern thrusters and a self-unloading system that can unload ore pellets up to 6,000 tons per hour. Her six cargo compartments are fed by 23 hatches, allowing her to carry up to 35,200 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 30 feet 8 inches. She is one of only a few vessels in the Great Lakes American fleet whose size permits her to transit the Welland Canal (the maximum canal length being 740 feet).

H. Lee White (2) was the third of 10 ships constructed under the provisions of Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970 for the American Steamship Co. This Act allowed for guaranteed government financing and deferred tax benefits for U.S. shipping companies to build new vessels or modernize their fleets.

The vessel has had several accidents of note. She ran aground at Port Dolomite, MI, in June 1974; collided with the Greek salty Georgios in December 1974 near St. Clair, MI; struck the Algoma Steel plant dock at Sault Ste. Marie, ON in July 1976; and struck a section of the toll bridge at Grosse Ile, MI, in September 1992. The bridge accident knocked down a 150-foot span immediately east of the main river channel. The White was not damaged, but a new section of the bridge had to be installed at a cost of $1.7 million. The bridge was back in service in late January 1993.

In 2000, a Federal Court in Detroit held that the Grosse Ile Bridge Co. was the sole cause of the accident. Vindicated in this ruling was Captain John K. Gapczynski of the H. Lee White. According to his family, the ongoing legal action caused Capt. Gapczynski a great deal of distress and he passed away in 1998 before the case was settled. The ruling was appealed in 2002.


Written by George Wharton.



Ship Particulars
Length 704' 00" (304.8m)
Beam 78' 00" (32.0m)
Depth 45' 00" (17.07m)
Midsummer Draft 34' 00" (10.36m)
Unloading Boom Length 250' (76.2m)
Capacity 35,200 tons
Engine Power 14,400 bhp diesel

 


H. Lee White (2) 1974 - Today
(American Steamship Co.)

Tied up at the ore dock in Marquette, July 1, 2001.
(Scott Best)

In the lower Detroit River, Oct. 9, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Upbound later in the day empty.
(Mike Nicholls)

Arriving in Erie, May 10, 2002.
(Jeff Thoreson)

Another view.
(Jeff Thoreson)

Nearly finished loading in Marquette, June 4, 2002.
(Lee Rowe)

Downbound on the Detroit River, June 30, 2002.
(Mike Nicholls)

Running light on the Detroit River, Aug. 9, 2002.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Unloading ore in Cleveland, Sept. 25, 2002.
(TZ)

Closer view of the stern.
(TZ)

Close up of the stern, Sept. 29, 2002.
(Lee Rowe)

Detail of unloading boom.
(Lee Rowe)

Loading at night in Marquette, Dec. 31, 2002.
(Lee Rowe)

Loading ore in Marquette, Jan. 6, 2003.
(Lee Rowe)

Close up of the bow.
(Lee Rowe)

Loading sand in Stoneport, July 20, 2006.
(Ben & Chanda McClain)

Close up of the bow.
(Ben & Chanda McClain)

Close up of the pilothouse.
(Ben & Chanda McClain)

Stern view near sunset.
(Ben & Chanda McClain)

Unloading sand at Kuhlman's in Toledo, July 21, 2006.
(Kevin Davis)

Stern view.
(Kevin Davis)

Opened the shipping season in Lorain, March 29, 2007.
(Jim Bobel)

Stern clear of the bridge.
(Jim Bobel)

Downbound at Mission Pt., June 30, 2007.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Loading coal at KCBX south dock in S. Chicago, June 23, 2008.
(Steve Bauer)

Unloading ore at the Torco Dock in Toledo, May 22, 2009.
(Bob Vincent)

Shifted to the CSX Coal Dock to load for Muskegon, May 22, 2009.
(Bob Vincent)

Taking on fuel.
(Bob Vincent)

Unloading at Bay Aggregates in Bay City, Aug. 30, 2009.
(Galen & Kelly Witham)

Wider view.
(Galen & Kelly Witham)

Backing up Calumet River just clear of 92nd St, Sept. 2, 2010.
(Lou Gerard)

Waiting for NS bridge to go up so she can proceed to KCBX.
(Lou Gerard)

Loading coal Toledo, Oct. 25, 2010.
(Bob Vincent)

Boom swung out of the way.
(Bob Vincent)

Outbound the Maumee River bound for Marquette.
(Bob Vincent)

Tied up for the winter in Toledo, Jan. 18, 2012.
(Bob Vincent)

Stern view.
(Bob Vincent)

Downbound in the South Shore Canal near Montreal, April 16, 2012.
(Kent Malo)

Passing through Port Robinson ubound, April 20, 2012.
(Michel Gosselin)

Stern view.
(Michel Gosselin)

Clear of Lock 3 on their way back from Quebec City, June 16, 2012.
(Bill Bird)

Heading for Lock 4.
(Bill Bird)

Head on view in the St. Clair River, Aug. 15, 2013.
(Kevin Majewski )

Passing St. Clair.
(Kevin Majewski )

Close up of the bow.
(Kevin Majewski )

Close up of the stern.
(Kevin Majewski )

Clearing Lock 1 bound for Hamilton, Aug. 19, 2013.
(Barry Andersen)

Stern view.
(Barry Andersen)

Passing under the Burlington Bridge in Hamilton, Sept. 6, 2013.
(John McCreery)

Stern view entering the harbor.
(John McCreery)

Making the turn downbound at 1 & 2, May 14, 2015.
(Marc Dease)

Clear of Lock 3 on the Welland Canal, Sept. 18, 2016.
(Barry Andersen)

Sten veiw heading to Lock 3 on the Welland Canal, Sept. 18, 2016.
(Barry Andersen)

Coming out of Lock 2, Sept. 18, 2016.
(Matt Miner)

Bow view.
(Matt Miner)

Heading for Lock 1.
(Matt Miner)

 

 


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