Lake Michigan Car Ferry S.S. Badger’s Maiden Voyage of 2016 Hits Snag
The famous ferry between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin was delayed several hours due to an unforseen problem.
The first voyage of 2016 for the S.S. Badger on Thursday, May 12 went fine from Ludington to Manitowoc, but the return trip was several hours late in getting started according to the Mason County Press.
As the crew readied for departure, they found seaweed had clogged the intakes- likely picked up from the Manitowoc River. A diver undertook the laborious task of clearing the debris and the ship finally left port and sailed East heading for Ludington, Michigan.
The S.S. Badger traverses Lake Michigan twice daily during the cruising season, leaving Ludington at 8:30 a.m. and returning at 6:30 p.m. The trip takes about 4 hours.