Port of Manitowoc

Lake Michigan Carferry

The last coal-fired passenger steamship in operation in the USA

Lake Michigan Carferry

Amenities: Outside deck areas, two dining areas, private staterooms, upper deck lounge, aft end lounge,¬†children’s playroom, gift shop, museum, quiet areas, two free TV lounges, free movie lounge, 40 staterooms and more!

Propellers: Two cast steel, 4-blade propellers, 13′ 10” in diameter and weighing 13,800 pounds each

Anchors: Two Stockless anchors weighing 7,000 pounds each

Engines: Two Skinner Unaflow four-cylinder steam engines rated 3,500 horsepower at 125 RPM (total 7,000 horsepower). The Badger’s propulsion system burns domestic fuel, and is designated as a mechanical engineering landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Boilers: Four Foster-Wheeler “D – type” coal-burning

Average speed: 18 miles per hour (15.6 knots)

Number of crew members on each trip: 50-60

Capacity: 600 passengers, 180 automobiles, tour buses, RVs, motorcycles, and commercial trucks

The S.S. Badger offers the largest cross-lake passenger service on the Great Lakes and an authentic steamship experience. The relaxing four-hour, 60-mile cruise takes passengers, autos, RVs, tour buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and commercial trucks across Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Built and launched in 1952; began daily service on March 21, 1953.


  • Length: 410 feet, 6 inches
  • Width: 59 feet, 6 inches
  • Height: 106 feet, 9 inches (7 stories)
  • Weight: 6650 tons displaced

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Lake Michigan Carferry
Lake Michigan Carferry
Lake Michigan Carferry