Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Casinkette’s Lofink Ford announced today an appearance by Roger LeLievre, editor of the well-known ‘ship bible,’ Know Your Ships.
“We are excited to bring Roger to the 1000 Islands and have the opportunity to show off this beautiful region that so many of us get to enjoy every day,” said event organizer Michael Folsom. “His knowledge of the shipping industry and appreciation for is truly unprecedented and his appearance in our community will allow us the opportunity to showcase the St. Lawrence Seaway.”
LeLievre has held the position of 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. LeLievre has spent 30 years in the newspaper business in Michigan, much of that at the Ann Arbor News. Besides his work on "Know Your Ships," he is also a writer and editor for annarbor.com, Great Lakes Seaway Review/Great Laker magazine and Greenwood's Guide to Great Lakes Shipping.
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.
LeLievre will visit Clayton during the weekend of June 15-17 to explore the region in hopes of capturing photos for upcoming editions of the book. In addition, he will visit the Sailing Seaway Clayton festival in Frink Park on June 16 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the Antique Boat Museum from 2-4 p.m. to meet readers and sign copies of the book. In addition, LeLievre will appear at Corbin's on Riverside Drive in Clayton on Sunday, June 17 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.