Shipwatcher News was started in 2014 by Brendan Falkowski as a small handwritten news bulletin on Great Lakes freighters.  The newsletter, now called the Freighters, is a digital edition sent out bi-monthly throughout the year.  

Brendan Falkowski is a Great Lakes ship enthusiast who shares his passion for the freighters through his newsletter, website, and artwork. He is currently pursuing his high school education in mid-Michigan before graduating and moving on to college, where he plans to attend to the University of Michigan to study Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering.  Brendan is an avid musician, and is a drum major in his high school marching band. He enjoys sailing and spending time with his friends and family.

Special thanks for supporting me with the Shipwatcher News venture goes to all of my original subscribers, my parents, my family, my friends, my teachers, Chris Scheldte aboard Interlake Steamship Company’s M/V Mesabi Miner, Max McKee, Kristine McDermott, and all those at Sand Products Corporation and Port City Marine Services, and Chris Shepler, Keahna DePauw, Ami Woods, and all those at Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry.  Also special thanks to Sam Hankinson, Jim Hoffman, Daniel Lindner, Roger LeLievre, Matt Miner, Isaac Pennock, and Logan Vasicek for allowing me to use their photos in the newsletter. Thank you to naval architects Travis Martin, Fred Koller, and Nicholas Posh from Bay Engineering, Eric Helder from Interlake Steamship Company, Nick Hunter and David Hossenlopp from NETSCo., and Andrew MacDonald from Port City Marine Services for their assistance and providing information for the In The Design articles. Without you all, Shipwatcher News would not be where it is today.

~Brendan Falkowski

Alpena departing Muskegon, Michigan, June 20, 2020. Photo by Brendan Falkowski

All of the images on this website are copyright Brendan Falkowski unless noted otherwise.  Nothing from this website may be republished or rewritten in any way, shape, or form.  

Contact Shipwatcher News at brendan@shipwatcher-news.com