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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.

Get your 2014 KYS now!

2014 Photo Gallery

There just isn't room enough for all the great pictures that are submitted so we have posted a Reader's Gallery for some of those that wouldn't fit. It joins our growing collection of photo galleries, of historic ship stack markings and a selection of Great Lakes shipping-related videos from KYS Home Movies for you to enjoy.

2015 Edition of Know Your Ships

The 2015 Know Your Ships is in pre-production. It will be released on March 25, 2015.

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, 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. This year we've added a feature on Great Lakes cruising and we profile Captain Eric Treece, ship master and storm chaser.

If you'd like to find out more about the 2014 edition of Know Your Ships, visit our 2014 KYS section.

Available as an iBook

Know Your Ships is also available as a iBook for the iPad and iPhone with 20 additional pages of current and historic photos. 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!
(Sorry, not currently available for Nook or Kindle Fire)

You can purchase the iBook on its own, or in a bundle with either the regular or spiral bound printed copy, and for the consummate collector, all three!

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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, 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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