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Leecliffe Hall (1) 1947 - 1961
Cove Transport 1961 - 1977
Wit Transport 1977 - 1978

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Built by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal as hull 228 as canal bulker. Keel was laid December 14, 1946 and launched on June 26, 1947 as LEECLIFFE HALL for Hall Corporation. Dimensions: 259' 3" loa x 43' 8" beam x 20' 6" depth; 1,985 GRT, 1,171 NRT. Powered by a 730 ihp two cylinder Skinner Uniflow steam engine and two oil-fired Scotch boilers. Entered service in September 1947.

Converted to a fuel tanker during the winter of 1956-57 at George T. Davie & Sons Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec and operated for Liquifuels Limited. New tonnage: 2,020 GRT, 1,170 NRT, 23,000 bbl.

In the late summer of 1961 she was renamed COVE TRANSPORT in order to free up the name for the new vessel. The COVE TRANSPORT last operated in 1975 and was laid up in Toronto.

In 1977, she was sold to West Indies Transport Ltd., Panama and her registry was closed on October 31 of the same year. The tug G. W. ROGERS towed the COVE TRANSPORT to Kingston where the YVON SIMARD and LAVALEE took over the tow to Sorel. The tow arrived on November 8th and was renamed WIT TRANSPORT shortly after. While under tow of the tanker WITSUPPLY II, former Elmbranch, the tow line broke and the WIT TRANSPORT ran aground off Matane, Quebec on November 19, 1977. She was freed with the help of a tug on November 23rd and taken to Baie Comeau for inspection. The WITSUPPLY II continued with her tow afterwards to the Caribbean. In December of the same year, she sank off Bermuda while under tow of the WITSUPPLY II.

 

Leecliffe Hall (1) 1947 - 1956
(Hall Corp.)

Possibly transitting the old Seaway, 1950's
(Ron Beaupre collection)

Passing the Long Sault Rapids, October 12, 1954. New
(Dan McCormick collection)

   
Leecliffe Hall (1) 1957 - 1961
(Liquifuels Limited)

Possibly transitting the old Seaway, 1950's
(Ron Beaupre collection)

Upbound at Mission Pt., late 1950's
(Photo by Thomas Manse, Roger LeLievre collection)

In the Welland Canal, August 1957
(Doug Covey collection)

Upbound in the Rouge R. at Dix Street, 1957
(Doug Covey collection)

Downbound off Fighting Island North Light, Detroit River, 1959
(Photo by William Hoey)

In Soo Harbor headed for the Canadian Lock.
Edison Sault Electric Hydro Plant in background.
(Ron Beaupre collection)

Fully loaded.
(Doug Covey collection)

Passing the Scott Misener in the Welland Canal.
(Terry McCullough collection)

Tied up in Toronto, March 1960. New
(Dan McCormick collection)

     
Cove Transport 1961 - 1977
(Hall Corp.)

Tied up in Toronto for the winter, February 1962. New
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

In Port Colborne, July 20, 1968. New
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

In Toronto with the Cove Transport tied up along side, February 22, 1969. New
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

In the St. Clair River passing Sarnia, 1968
(Detroit Marine Historical Society)

Tied up at the Government Dock, Sarnia, 1970
(Photo by Ron Beaupre, Doug Covey collection)

Entering Port Weller Piers, 1970
(Doug Covey collection)

Departing Port Weller Piers, 1970
(Doug Covey collection)

Loaded on the St. Marys River, 1974
(Doug Covey collection)

Above Lock 1 on the Welland Canal.
(Terry McCullough collection)

Welland Canal.
(Terry McCullough collection)

Upbound just below the Bluewater Bridge, August 1973
(Photo by Terry McCullough)

On the St. Clair River with the Kinsman Independent (1) and Algoma boat following, August 1973
(Terry McCullough collection)

Cape Transport rafted to the Cove Transport during winter lay-up in Sarina, February 1974
(Photo by Terry McCullough)

     
Wit Transport 1977 - 1978
(West Indies Transport)

Aground off Matane, Quebec, November 1977
(Doug Covey collection)

     
Leecliffe Hall (2) 1961 - 1964

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Masters and Chief Engineers of the Leecliffe Hall (1)
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Unknown 1947
John Ivany 1948 - 49
George Dorais 1950 - 56
Alexander A. MacMillan 1957 - 60
Warren Douglas Covey 1947
A. J. Bibeau 1948 - 55
W. Smith 1955
A. J. Bibeau 1956 - 58
Guy Descheneaux 1959 - 60
Masters and Chief Engineers of the Cove Transport
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Alexander A. MacMillan 1961
Raymond Boudreault 62 - 64
John Scullion 1965
James Miller 1966
Duncan Williamson 1967 - 72
Mr. Harleau 1973 - 75
Guy Descheneaux 1961
P. Bechervaise 1962
Melbourne G. Lavery 1963 - 67
O. Walters 1968 - 69
Rene Blais 1970
Reuben Coward 1971 - 1975
Masters and Chief Engineers of the Wit Transport
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Unknown 1977 - 78 Unknown 1977 - 78

 


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