How big is that boat?
Where is it from?
Who owns it?

Find out in Know Your Ships!




More Than Just a Boatwatching Guide

Know Your Ships, now at 184 pages and bursting with color photos of lakers past and present, is meant not only for those with a casual interest in the parade of nautical commerce that passes our shores, but also for more serious-minded individuals who have a passion for the ships that ply the inland seas.

Some refer to the annual Know Your Ships as the "Boatwatchers' Bible." We think of it as a field guide to boats and boatwatching on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

About Our Book

Know Your Ships offers everything ship fans need to know about the freighters, tankers, tugs, barges, salties, passenger ships, international visitors and other vessels in regular Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, including owner and port of registry, year and shipyard where built, length, beam, depth, cargo capacity and former names, type of engine and horsepower. ISBN: 978-1-891849-22-0

The 2017 edition includes...

But That's Not All!

This year, we explore the latest wrinkle in marine photography - drones. Read about three drone-users and see some of their stunning aerial images. We also check in with Marc and Jill VanderMeulen, the couple that's converting the bow section of an old laker into a bed and breakfast at DeTour Village, Michigan.

We continue to remember the past with an historic photo gallery featuring more images from our archives showing lakers from bygone years. Know Your Ships has covered the waterfront for almost six decades, so we have lots of images from which to choose.

We've enjoyed putting this issue together and hope you enjoy using it to find out more about the ships that sail the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Smooth sailing!

~ The Know Your Ships crew