Built by the Bay Shipbuilding Corp., Sturgeon Bay, WI for the American Steamship Co., Buffalo, NY, the 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 3600 horsepower GM diesel engines. She has both bow and stern thrusters and a self-unloading system that can unload ore pellets up to6000 tons per hour. Her 6 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 7 1/2 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 new maximum Canal length being 740 feet). This advantage has been to her benefit this season.