She is the largest car ferry ever to sail Lake Michigan. The 410' S.S. Badger entered service in 1953
, designed specifically to handle the rough conditions that it would likely encounter during year 'round sailing on Lake Michigan. Built primarily to transport railroad freight cars, but with superior passenger accommodations, the Badger reigned as Queen of the Lakes during the car ferries' Golden Era in the late Fifties, with Manitowoc, Milwaukee, and Kewaunee as her Wisconsin ports of call. Her sister ship the Spartan sits docked beside her ready to be called into service.
We started out our fall trip this October on the S.S. Badger leaving from Ludington Michigan and arriving at Manitowac Wisconsin three hours later. We encountered heavy fog in the crossing and the fog horn was employed every two minutes as we neared the harbor in near zero visibility. This was our second time across on this ferry.