More Than Just a Boatwatching Guide
Know Your Ships, now at 200 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.
The 2020 edition includes...
Changes in the shipping scene from year to year, chronicled in the "Passages" section.
- Meanings of whistle signals.
- Seven pages of colorful stack markings of all Great Lakes & Seaway fleets, including stack markings of many of the saltwater fleets that regularly visit the Seaway system.
- Maps of the Great Lakes and Seaway system.
- A guide to Marine Museums of the Great Lakes.
- An "Extra Tonnage" section that includes a look at cargoes carried by lakers. a locks and canals profile, and charts that show travel times and call-in points for the St. Marys, St. Clair and Detroit rivers so you can track the progress of your favorite freighter.
But That's Not All!
Dive to the depths of Lake Huron with Chris Winters as he visits the Daniel J. Morrell shipwreck. Meet Chaplain Marshal Bundren, the man with a van who serves Great Lakes sailors. Find out about those big yellow boats now on the lakes. Read about Andrew Whitman, who brings the Great Lakes' black and white past into living color.
We are also pleased to present more than 100 superb photographs of Great Lakes ships in action from Duluth to Montreal. Thanks to the dozens of different photographers who sent images for consideration.
In addition, 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 more than 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