On Board Badger

On Board Badger

On This Date: Photo taken 8/22/2005

We ended the Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin venture I mentioned a few days back by riding the ferry across Lake Michigan. While I took the usual photographs of the Manitowoc and Ludington waterfronts from the boat, for most of the trip I photographed our fellow travelers.


SS Badger has been carrying automobiles and passengers across Lake Michigan since the early fifties. She was primarily a railroad ferry until 1990, when an entrepreneur bought her and converted her to her current configuration. Nowadays she carries mostly tourists, with some business patrons, between Michigan and Wisconsin.

There’s a second, much faster, ferry, called Lake Express, that runs between Muskegon and Milwaukee. We’ve not yet tried her.

Number of pix taken on various August 22nds: 636
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

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  • 4 Stars: 136
  • 5 Stars: 7