Caring for Our Sailors

Thank you to everyone for supporting us!

Thanks to all of our supporters, we were able to make Caring for our Sailors a HUGE SUCCESS!

Welcome to the digital home port of the Shipwatcher News Caring for our Sailors Program! We put together care packages for sailors on Great Lakes ships during the holiday season since this was a very hard year with the COVID pandemic. We provided healthy snacks and a few treats, as well as gum, hot chocolate packets, and more for these sailors.

We delivered care packages to 565 sailors on 29 ships from the Grand River Navigation, Inland Lakes Management, Interlake Steamship Company, Lower Lakes Towing, Port City Marine Services, and VanEnkevort Tug & Barge fleets. We worked with both the J. W. Westcott Company of Detroit and Soo Marine Supply of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, for delivery of the care packages, both of whom have agreed to deliver them free of charge for our project. We are also offering the sailors a chance to win a “bonus gift”, with chances to win two VIP ferry tickets to Mackinac Island aboard Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry or an autographed Know Your Ships 2020 book.

Thank you for your help!

MLive News Article

CBS Channel 6 News Article

Fans of Know Your Ships Facebook News Release

Thank you to our Generous Donors!

Marjorie Bonnema

Adam & Deann Falkowski

Ross & Debbie Falkowski

Jerry & Dee Dee Heck

Martha Heck & Richard Wilson

Brenda Palmiter


Mike Sadauskis

Alex Schrauben

Sorace Family

Susan Swantek


Susan Wolfe, in memory of Greg Wolfe

Michele Zaleski

Official News Release