Dec 03, 2018
Roger LeLievre, Editor and Publisher
Know Your Ships

Roger LeLievre comes by his interest in Great Lakes ships naturally - he grew up at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, just blocks from the Soo Locks, and remembers watching the boats go by during summers spent at his grandparent's cottage on the St. Marys River shoreline. During high school, he worked as a tour guide on the Museum Ship Valley Camp, and shipped out on the Ford Motor Co. ore boat Ernest R. Breech as soon as he turned 18. However, rather than making a career out of working on the boats, he wound up writing about them instead.

He has been editor and publisher of Know Your Ships since 1995, but has been involved in its publication much longer than that: LeLievre was 14 when his first boat picture was published in the 1968 edition of the book. Roger spent 30 years in the newspaper business in Michigan, much of that at the Ann Arbor News.

President of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit, LeLievre was voted recipient of the group's Historian of the Year Award in 2006. He is also vice president of Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping On-line Inc., the non-profit Web site more commonly known as BoatNerd.com and an associate member of the International Shipmasters' Association (Port Huron lodge).