Your morning commute could have featured a 410-foot car ferry ending its journey from Ludington, Michigan on Thursday. Two tugboats from Sarter Marine Towing of Sturgeon Bay escorted the ship along Lake Michigan to make its stop in Sturgeon Bay. Steve Ross, the tug captain and director of operations, described the 12 hour trip as uneventful and successful.
The two tugboats had a combined horsepower of 4800, and they used 100 gallons of fuel an hour to make the trek across the lake. The crew involved in the journey included 12 people to help with the ship’s departure, docking, and navigation. The S.S. Badger left Ludington at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday and arrived at Bay Ship a little before 10 a.m. Thursday morning. After the work on the ship is completed, the Sarter Marine Towing company will escort the S.S. Badger back to Ludington to prepare for next year’s ferry season.