‘Know Your Ships’ book signing w/ author Roger LeLievre

Roger LeLievre, editor of Know Your Ships, is doing a book signing.

Marine Publishing Co.’s annual field guide, “Know Your Ships: Guide to Boats & Boatwatching on the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway,” offers a guide of the freighters, tankers, tugs, barges, salties, passenger ships, international visitors and other vessels in the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway.

It is marking its 64th edition in 2023.

LeLievre typically sells around 8,000 copies annually.

‘Know Your Ships’ book launch party w/ author Roger LeLievre

LeLievre grew up in Sault St. Marie near the Soo Locks and spent his summers at his grandparents’ home there on the St. Mary’s River. In the early 1960’s, his grandfather worked the docks, putting coal into freighters for fuel. He fell in love with boats and was introduced to a local photographer of Great Lakes ships, Tom Manse, who began publishing, ‘Know Your Ships’ – a directory of vessels that traveled the Great Lakes to the St. Lawrence Seaway – in 1959. When Tom passed away in 1995, he left the legacy to LeLeivre.

For 30 years, Roger was the entertainment writer for the Ann Arbor News.

Now he spends his time editing and publishing Know Your Ships, an annual 200-page reference guide to boats that sail the Great Lakes.

Books will be on sale at a $5 discount and LeLievre will be available to autograph them.

Know Your Ships 2023

What:          ‘Know Your Ships’ book launch party

When:         Sunday, May 28, 2023

Where:        The Mariner (430 S. Water st, Marine City, MI)

Time:          1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Cost:           $5.00 entry 

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