Know Your Ships: Covering the Waterfront for more than 50 Years

Posted on July 5th, 2016

Join the Shipwreck Society this Friday, July 8 as Roger LeLievre, editor/publisher of the popular (annual) Know Your Ships books, tells of the book’s creation and development through the years. Like watching the ships? You’ll love this program!

LeLievre comes by his interest in Great Lakes ships naturally – he grew up just blocks from the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and spent his summers at his grandparents’ cottage on the St. Marys River.

A tour guide on the Soo’s Museum Ship Valley Camp during its first years, he shipped out on a Great Lakes freighter as soon as he turned 18. But rather than making a career working on the boats he wound up writing about them instead. Retired after a 40-year career in the newspaper business writer and editor (his earliest job was at the Soo Evening News), he is currently editor and publisher of the annual Great Lakes and Seaway shipping field guide “Know Your Ships”.

Roger LeLievre

Roger LeLievre

An avid ship photographer and historian, he has been president of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit since 2004. LeLievre is also one of the directors of Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping On-line Inc. ( and an associate member in the International Shipmasters’ Association (Port Huron lodge).

His program will focus on what it takes to put “Know Your Ships” together every year – he is essentially a one-man show, editing, designing, publishing and distributing the book himself. It will include a presentation highlighting many of the beautiful pictures of Great Lakes vessels the book has published in it’s 57-year-history. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and may be autographed on request.

The program will take place this Friday, July 8 (7pm) at the Whitefish Township Community Center in Paradise, Michigan and admission is free. Donations are always welcome! Call 800-635-1742 for more information.

And…if you miss seeing Roger on Friday night, he’ll be doing a book signing at the Shipwreck Coast Museum Store on Saturday, July 9 starting at 11am, located on the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum campus at Whitefish Point. Address: 18335 N. Whitefish Point Rd., Paradise, MI 49768. See you there!

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