|Photographer:||tonylast [View profile]||Title:||Badger||Added:||Aug 02, 2007|
||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.