Welcome to Shipwatcher News, publisher of the Freighters newsletter. Shipwatcher News is focused on providing reliable, accurate news on the Great Lakes Shipping Industry and its history. Check out the Freighters Newsletter page for the latest newsletters and the Newsfeed page for the latest news updates. Please subscribe for free and support us!

See Brendan Falkowski’s Freshwater Photography at FineArtAmerica and Pixels!

See the ad in Know Your Ships 2022!



  hours  minutes  seconds


Release of #65 Freighters

Great Lakes-Seaway Review July-September 2021

Brendan Falkowski from Shipwatcher News was recently featured as a guest writer for the “Generations” column of Great Lakes-Seaway Review in the July-September 2021 edition. Check out the article at this link. See page 53.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors…

Deckhand Rank Sponsors

Bosun Rank Sponsors

  • Daryl & Lyn Falkowski
  • Bill & Robin Lyons

Mate Rank Sponsors

  • John & Kay DeCarli
  • International Shipmasters Association Toledo Lodge 9

Engineer Rank Sponsors

  • Jack Baker
  • Ross & Debbie Falkowski
  • Jerry & Dee Dee Heck
  • Tom & Donna Heck
  • Bob & Mary Schroeder

Captain Rank Sponsors

Kaye E. Barker unloading at Muskegon, Michigan, August 18, 2019. Photo by Brendan Falkowski
Support High School Sailing