The Sam Laud was completed in 1975 by the American Steamship Company in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin. She was named after the man who was the President and Chairman of the Board of the GATX Corporation (which owned American Steamship at the time). He started with the company as a shop painter and riveter.
She is powered by two 3,600 horsepower engines with a length of 634 feet. She can carry almost 24,000 tons of cargo.
She has probably visited every port in the Great Lakes at one time or another.