Campagin for BoatNerd.Com - Enriching BoatNerd.Com's Future


Current Needs

PC's -
We are in need of a small number of corporate style Desk Top or Small Form Factor PC's. We would like any thing starting with a Pentium 4 level processor or higher.
This is a good opportunity for a corporation to recycle equipment while receiving a tax credit.
We would be happy to pick up and wipe the data on any donated machines to DOD standards.
click here for details.

Server Shelves -
Any type of 19" server rack shelves.

Donations for Raffle -
Items that can be donated to compliment our raffle

Original 16mm shipping movies -
These movies are something we would like to convert to digital (we can return the original) and make available to the BoatNerd viewers. If any individual or group has any shipping related films please contact us for details.

If you or your organization are able to help please e-mail



Support Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Online
the non-profit support organization for the
BoatNerd.Com web site

Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping Online Inc. (GLSS) was  designated a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation by the Internal Revenue Service in 2006.

GLSS was organized to support the efforts of the BoatNerd website, while operations are managed by the group of volunteers running the site since 2003. This is a dedicated group spread across the U.S. and Canada who handle all ends of site operation from server management to correspondence and user support.

The corporation is run by a Board of Directors with diverse back grounds ranging from the Shipping Industry to Boatwatchers. The board's focus is the continuation of and growth of the BoatNerd.Com web site. 

The establishment of non-profit status means BoatNerd is able to accept tax-deductible contributions through donations. Funding raised by GLSS will allow the web site to become self-sufficient and guarantee the longevity of BoatNerd.Com by paying the data connection charges and replacing the aging computer hardware that runs the site.

The Corporation is organized for the purpose of enhancing the general public knowledge of the maritime commercial operations and history on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway by:

1. Support an internet website at, and related internet based applications and websites, and

2. Organizing periodic gatherings of interested persons at various locations around the Great Lakes to photograph and enjoy the vessels associated with the Great Lakes commerce, and

3. Encouraging discussions among members pertaining to Great Lakes maritime commercial operations and history, and

4. Sponsoring programs and illustrated lectures by persons knowledgeable in Great Lakes Great Lakes maritime commerce, history, and

5. Promoting and encouraging passenger cruising on the Great Lakes, and

6.  Publishing and assisting in the publishing of printed, online and recorded materials pertinent to the Great Lakes maritime industry.

7. Support underserved organizations with similar interests through the use of technology and technical assistance.

8. Fostering an appreciation of the Great Lakes maritime industry.

We accept donations through PayPal or by mail

Corporations or individuals wishing to make larger, tax deductible donations should contact or by mail:
Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Online, Inc.
Box 244
Troy, MI 48099

To verify our non-profit status, please click this link and search for Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping

Current Projects
In addition to the daily updates of the site here are some of the projects we are currently working on or have planned

New Discussion boards -
We continue to customize the new boards based on user feed back. The software that runs the old boards is being fazed out by the manufacturer, this is driving the change.

New Encyclopedia -
For several years we have been working on an Online encyclopedia for the data Boatnerd contains. If you are interested in working on our Wiki project please e-mail. We would like people to organize data and also people familiar with customizing MediaWiki.

Automated reporting system -
Another long term project that will automatically log Vessel Passages.