Embark on an enthralling journey into the world of ship watching on the Great Lakes with Brett Ortler's beginner's guide! Discover the fascinating spectacle of 1000-foot-long ships navigating the Great Lakes or passing beneath lift bridges. Ortler addresses immediate questions that arise, such as the ship's origin, cargo, speed, markings, and the significance of its whistle blast. This guide offers helpful tips on prime ship-watching locations and what to observe, including distinguishing between "lakers" and "salties." Gain insights into the mariner's perspective on life aboard ship, learn about ships that have faced storms, and explore information on the U.S. Coast Guard, tall ships, Canadian vessels, and more. Start your ship-watching adventure today and unlock the mysteries of these impressive vessels on the Great Lakes!