August 17, 2008
S.S. Badger back in service
S.S. Badger is back in service on its twice-daily Lake Michigan service between Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Ludington, Michigan. The much loved veteran coal-fired, steam engine powered passenger and vehicle ferry was pulled from service after experiencing a stern bearing failure on August 9.
The vessel went to Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., under quite literally its own steam. With no dry dock being available, "Lake Michigan Carferry found a team of six specialist divers from California to put the bearing back in place, rebolting it with new eight-inch bolts made at the shipyard," according to the Luddington Daily News.
The ship returned to Manitowoc Thursday and recommenced service Friday, August 15.