Cruising on the SS Badger – Lake Michigan Carferry Photography

The carferry and Ludington are┬ásymbiotic. The SS Badger is the symbol of our town and what it is known for. I will admit, I, like many others in our community, love the carferry. Even more so, I love the heritage of the carferries in Ludington (and anywhere along Lake Michigan). As a kid, I got to ride on the SS Badger, SS Spartan and SS City of Midland. In the ’70s those were the remaining three carferries to operate out of Ludington.

So, naturally as a photographer I take any opportunity I can do ride the big boat, as I did today. I am working on a project for Lake Michigan Carferry (the Badger’s parent company) to help promote the ship’s importance to Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis. Currently the Environmental Protection Agency is mandating the Badger stop dumping coal ash into the lake. To stop doing so means the ship stops operating. LMC has until the end of next year to come up with a solution. While the company is working on a solution (and a pretty darn good one at that) it needs more time. As a community we need to do everything we can to encourage our lawmakers to extend that deadline and save our economy!

Here is a sampling of some of the extra photos from Monday’s trip. I will post the project once it is completed, which should be soon.

– rob


Badger season begins soon!


We are only about six weeks away from the first sailing of 2011 of the SS Badger, one of my favorite things about summer in Ludington. For almost 60 years, the Badger has been sailing across Lake Michigan between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The ship is the icon of Ludington and brings thousands of visitors to our area every year. I took this photograph last fall as the Badger was coming into Ludington harbor on a rough September day.

– rob


For more information about the SS Badger, go to Big ship, more fun!