SS Badger heads home ahead of winter fleet

Prepare for some long waits at Sturgeon Bay’s three bridges in the near future. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding released the list earlier this month of the over dozen ships that will get some work done in Sturgeon Bay before heading out in the spring for another year on the Great Lakes.  Many of the expected ships like the Wilfred Sykes, the Joseph Block, and the American Spirit are heading to Indiana first before they make the trip north to Sturgeon Bay. Unlike past years, there will be no schedule of arrivals for maritime lovers to check off as boats start coming in. Destination Sturgeon Bay and the Door County Maritime Museum are instead encouraging those interested to check out the MarineTraffic and BoatNerd websites for tracking information. 



Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding did say goodbye to one of its dock tenants on Wednesday. Sarter Marine Towing started its journey to Ludington, Mich. at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon to deliver the SS Badger. The Lake Michigan-based car ferry had been in Sturgeon Bay since early November for its quinquennial maintenance and a new paint job.


Picture courtesy of Sarter Marine Towing on Facebook, where you can keep track of their journey here


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