You've arrived at the digital home port of Marine Publishing Co.'s annual field guide Know Your Ships: Guide to Boats & Boatwatching on the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway, marking its 55th year in 2014. Meant not only for those with a casual interest in the parade of nautical commerce that passes our shores, Know Your Ships also has plenty to interest the more serious-minded individuals who have a passion for the ships that ply the inland seas.
Soon we will begin taking pre-orders for the 2014 edition of Know Your Ships. Pre-orders will be filled directly from the printer which means you will get your copy before it is availble in any store and maybe even before the offical realease date!
For those of you who just can't wait...
If you pre-order a Bundle with an iBook, you will be able to download the iBook right away! And your printed copy will be shipped to you as soon as the ink has had time to dry.
Detailed information about the 2014 edition of KYS will be added closer to its release, but the 2013 KYS detail page is still available.
The 2014 Reader's Gallery will be posted soon, but until then you can enjoy a new Saltie Gallery. It's the latest update to our collection of galleries, which includes historic ship photos, historic stack and flag markings, and a growing selection of Great Lakes shipping-related videos from KYS Home Movies.
2013 EDITION PRICES REDUCEDNow just $12.00 for the standard version, $15.00 for the Spiral bound version, and $10.00 for the iBook.
Know Your Ships
Besides the essential stats (owner, year built, length, capacity and former names) for hundreds of freighters, tugs, barges, Coast Guard cutters and saltwater visitors, Know Your Ships also contains essentials about the cargoes the big boats carry; where they load and unload; the locks, canals and waterways they transit; what the boat whistles mean; a guide to stack markings and nation flags, plus ways to follow the freighters as they make their way from port to port.
In 2012 we added a section dedicated to Marine Museums, in 2013 we paid tribute to the ships and men lost in the Great Storm of 1913 and also saluted the Interlake Steamship Co., 100 years old in 2013. All these extras required an additional 16 pages, bringing the 2013 KYS up to 184 pages... but still the same price!
If you'd like to find out more about the 2013 edition of Know Your Ships, visit our 2013 KYS section.
Available as an iBook!
Know Your Ships is also available as a iBook for the iPad and iPhone. Now you can have all of the comprehensive information in KYS at the touch of a finger and you'll never have to worry about forgetting your book at home! With the iBook, you can even touch a boat name in the index and jump directly to its fleet listing page. (Sorry, not currently available for Nook or Kindle Fire)Get your 2013 KYS iBook now!
More from KYS
Check out our fashionable t-shirts and hats. If you're proud to be from the Great Lakes region, a hardcore fan of BoatNerd.com, or just like the idea of steaming Full Ahead!, these shirts are just the thing to show your passion. We've even added a shirt for Little BoatNerds.
The recently updated edition of our popular Stack & Flag Chart, showing the funnel markings, house flags and flags of registry for the major Great Lakes and Seaway fleets, as well as frequent saltwater visitors, is now available at a lower price. It measures 18x24 inches and is perfect for framing.
Not sure what to get the BoatNerd in your life? We now offer gift certificates, redeemable on PayPal orders. And don't forget to "friend" us on Facebook (click the link at right) to receive special announcements and updates from Know Your Ships.
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