SS Badger

Manitowoc River at Lake Michigan in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Ludington Harbor, Ludington, Michigan

Former railroad car ferry converted to automobile and passenger service across Lake Michigan.


Steaming Into Manitowoc Harbor

The SS Badger arrives in Manitowoc from Ludington. The ferry crosses Lake Michigan four times a day during the peak travel time of summer, twice in spring and fall.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in October 2007



The last coal-fired car ferry extant on the Great Lakes, the SS Badger is powered by Skinner Uniflow Engines and carried automobiles, trucks and passengers between Ludington, Michigan and Mantitowoc, Wisconsin. The Badger was added to the NRHP on December 11, 2009. The propulsion system was designated a Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers on September 7, 1996.

For more about the SS Badger including more photos, the ship's history and data, and the history of car ferries on the Great Lakes, please see the listing for the Badger on the Historic Bridges of the United States website.

Update Log 

  • September 1, 2010: Added by J.R. Manning