SS Badger sets sail towards brighter future

Before thousands begin to sail between Ludington, Mich. and Manitowoc, Wis. this summer, you may have already seen one of their big changes for the upcoming season.


The SS Badger opened its 2022 season on Thursday with a new paint job. The Lake Michigan car ferry spent several weeks at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay for its quinquennial visit for maintenance when it also received a new paint job. The crew also received an upgrade on its quarters as well as new lighting installed on the ship. The visit came after its inaugural season under its new ownership, Interlake Holding Company. The season will begin with one roundtrip daily between the two cities before eventually expanding to two.


The new paint job was not the only big news shared on Thursday. According to the Ludington Daily News, Interlake officials are looking into converting the 70-year-old vessel from being powered by coal to one by natural gas.


The season runs through October 16th.

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