The Shipwatcher News Great Lakes Ships website was started in March 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, by Brendan Falkowski and Brock Johnson as the Ships of the Great Lakes Archive. In February 2021, the website was reorganized as the Shipwatcher News Great Lakes Ships, a resource extension of Shipwatcher News.

The Author

Brendan Falkowski is a Great Lakes ship enthusiast who shares his passion for the freighters through his newsletter and research. Brendan is a graduate of Bath High School, and will be attending University of Michigan’s College of Engineering this fall to begin studies in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  Brendan is an avid musician, and most recently served as the drum major for his high school band. He also is a competitive sailor, helping to found the Bath High School Sailing Team and serving as the Team Captain for its inaugural season. He enjoys sailing and spending time with his friends and family.

Brendan Falkowski is owner of Shipwatcher News, and compiles information on all kinds of ships to share through Shipwatcher News Great Lakes Ships as the primary author.

The Photographers

Special Thanks to Don Detloff, Sam Hankinson, Jim Hoffman, Roger LeLievre, Daniel Lindner, Isaac Pennock, and Logan Vasicek for allowing their photos to be displayed on this website.

In memory of Jim Hoffman 1948-2020

Photographs on this website are used with permission.