Manitowoc and the Car Ferries / S.S. Badger
Manitowoc and the Car Ferries. In the first five decades of the 20th century, Lake Michigan railroad car ferry service aided national defense and the regional economy by providing a key transportation alternative to the railroad bottle neck in Chicago. At the Port of Manitowoc, where car ferries were the major cargo carriers, Manitowoc shipbuilders constructed eleven car ferries and maintained, repaired, and remodeled many more. Five of these ships were built for the Pere Marquette Line which later evolved into the Lake Michigan Carferry Service.
S.S. Badger. Built by the Christy Corporation of Sturgeon Bay in 1952, the S.S. Badger is the last of fourteen Ludington, Michigan-based car ferries still crossing Lake Michigan. Commissioned by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, the S.S. Badger, named for the University of Wisconsin athletic teams, provided passenger and freight service between Manitowoc and Ludington. After railroad car ferry service declined, the Lake Michigan Carferry Service purchased and renovated the S.S. Badger in 1992. Today, the ferry transports truck freight, automobiles and passengers.
Erected 1998 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 369.)
Location. 44° 5.4′ N, 87° 39.12′ W. Marker is in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in Manitowoc County. Marker can be reached from Lakeview Drive (U.S. 10), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at the Lake Michigan Carferry Dock, by the southeast corner of the ticket office building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 South Lakeview Drive, Manitowoc WI 54220, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fred Schultz Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ralph Clark Huston Jr. (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S.S. Peto (SS 265) (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S.S. Pogy (SS 266) (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S.S. Pompon (SS 267) (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S.S. Puffer (SS 268) (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S.S. Rasher (SS 269) (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S.S. Raton (SS 270) (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manitowoc.
Also see . . .
1. S.S. Badger History. "Built primarily to transport railroad freight cars, but with superior passenger accommodations, the Badger reigned as Queen of the Lakes during the car ferries' Golden Era in the late Fifties, with Manitowoc, Milwaukee, and Kewaunee as her Wisconsin ports of call." (Submitted on September 27, 2008.)
2. The Carferries of the Great Lakes (Submitted on August 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Lake Michigan Carferries. (Submitted on August 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. "The Golden Link" C&O Carferry Promotional Film (1950s). (Submitted on October 3, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels •
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