Login: Lost Password? SIGN UP
Ship Photo Search
Photo Search - Advanced Search

Badger - IMO 5033583

Full Screen - Add Comment - Bookmark this photo - Edit Info
Get thumbnail code to post in forum, blog or homepage

New! View the summary page for this ship!
Photo Details
Photographer:tonylast [View profile]Title:BadgerAdded:Aug 02, 2007
Photo Category: Steam Ships (Operating and Preserved)
Steel twin screw carferry launched 9 June 1952 at Sturgeon Bay, WI, by the Christy Corp. as hull no. 370 for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Co. 393.7 x 59.7 x 20.3; 4244 gt, 2033 nt; twin Skinner Unaflow four-cylinder steam engines, 22.5-51 x 26, 7560-ihpfourFoster-Wheeler Type D water tube boilers. In service, Ludington, MI-Manitowoc, WI, for Lake Michigan Trans-Lake Shortcut, Inc., Ludington.

When I was a kid the C & O operated eight combined passenger-auto-train ferries between Ludington and Manitowoc, Kewaunee, WI, and Milwaukee, WI, across Lake Michigan. The Ann Arbor Railroad operated five out of Frankfort, MI, to the north and the Grand Trunk Railway ran three to the south at Muskegon. Each summer my family would drive from Chicago to Milwaukee to take the C & O ferry to Ludington, spending much of the summer at a cottage near the beach just north of town, then returning the same way later in the summer. I could watch the ferries leave and enter the harbor entrance from the porch of the cottage. Today, the coal-fired *Badger* is the last remaining powered operating vessel of that fleet, no longer carrying rail cars but many tourists, cars, and trucks twice a day across the lake. Her sister, the *Spartan,* is laid up at Ludington and used as a parts source for the *Badger.*

Shown 11 June 2007 entering Pere Marquette Lake, Ludington, MI.
Vessel Identification
Technical Data
Vessel type:Ro-ro/passenger Ship
Gross tonnage:4,244 tons
Summer DWT:3,058 tons

Additional Information
Home port:Cleveland Oh
Class society:American Bureau Of Shipping
Build year:1953
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
More Of This Ship
© Ted Blank
© Ted Blank
© frtrfred
More Of: This Photographer - This Ship - This Ship By This Photographer

Photo Comments (0)

Comments sorting method :
Please Login to add a comment!

This photo has been shown 2,212 times since it was added to the site.

Copyright © 2021 All rights reserved View live flights at!