Beginner’s Guide to Ship Watching on the Great Lakes

Beginner’s Guide to Ship Watching on the Great Lakes


What to Look for, Ship-watching Destinations, Ports, Whistles and More

This book helps the reader learn about the ships on the Great Lakes and describes where and how to see them.

Start Ship Watching on the Great Lakes Today!

Ship watching on the Great Lakes is fascinating! It’s hard to fathom how big a 1000-foot-long ship is until you see one navigating on the Great Lakes or passing under a lift bridge. Immediate questions come to mind:

  • Where is it from? What is it carrying? How fast does it go? What do all those ship markings mean? Why did it blast its whistle?

With this beginner’s guide by Brett Ortler, you’ll discover:

  • helpful tips on where to go to view ships and what to look for
  • how to spot a “laker” vs. a “saltie”
  • a longtime mariner’s take on life aboard ship
  • which ships have succumbed to storms
  • information about the U.S. Coast Guard, tall ships, Canadian ships and more

Additional information

Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 5 × 7 in

Brett Ortler



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Illustration Notes

Color photos throughout; color illustrations

Publication Date



Adventure Publications


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