The results of a recent survey indicated almost 70 percent of BoatNerd’s
users would be willing to contribute to an annual donation drive to
support the site.
With that in mind, we are kicking off our first
annual fall fundraising drive today.
We accept donations through PayPal or by
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.
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
and related internet based applications and websites, and
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
Encouraging discussions among members pertaining to Great Lakes
maritime commercial operations and history, and
Sponsoring programs and illustrated
lectures by persons knowledgeable in Great Lakes Great Lakes maritime
commerce, history, and
Promoting and encouraging passenger
cruising on the Great Lakes, and
assisting in the publishing of printed, online and recorded materials pertinent
to the Great Lakes maritime industry.
organizations with similar interests through the use of technology and technical
8. Fostering an
appreciation of the Great Lakes maritime industry.
We accept donations through PayPal or by mail
If you prefer to donate by
Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Online, Inc.
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
Complete Redesign of the site
Updating content to a new easier to use
design that is mobile friendly and searchable
Automated reporting system -
Another long term project
that will automatically log Vessel Passages based on our AIS system.
Update and expand our offering of
Webcams to HD live streaming cameras.