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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 58th year in 2017.

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.

Know Your Ships

Besides the essential stats (owner, year built, length, capacity and former names) for hundreds of freighters, tugs, barges, Coast Guard cutters, cruise ships, 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 addition, there's a section on Great Lakes marine museums as well as a new Spotlight section that includes stories about ships, sailors and maritime adventures.

If you'd like to find out more about the 2017 edition of Know Your Ships, visit our 2017 KYS section.

More from KYS!

Our popular Stack & Flag Chart, showing the stack markings and house flags for the major Great Lakes and Seaway fleets, has been completely redesigned with all new art and now includes the heralds and standards of many past fleets. It measures 18x24 inches and is perfect for framing.

Check out our fashionable t-shirts and hats. If you're proud to be from the Great Lakes region, these shirts and hats are just the thing to show your passion.

KYS Website Updates

Check out our updated and expanded Historical Stacks and Historical Houseflags galleries that now include nearly historical 150 stacks and flags! And the 2017 Readers Gallery featuring some of the great photos submitted for 2017 that we couldn't squeeze in.

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