Holding firm buys Lake Michigan automobile ferry SS Badger


LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A coal-fired ferry that carries individuals and automobiles throughout Lake Michigan between Michigan and Wisconsin has been offered.

Interlake Holding Co. introduced Wednesday that it purchased the SS Badger, The Ludington Every day Information reported.

The Middleburg Heights, Ohio-based firm additionally bought a tug-barge referred to as the SS Spartan and the Lake Michigan Carferry and Pere Marquette Delivery firms.

“I feel we’ve at all times been within the Pere Marquette and the Badger,” stated Mark Barker, Interlake president. “We’re simply excited to accumulate this vessel and this operation. It’s actually iconic and historic.”

The 410-foot (125-meter) SS Badger launched in 1952 and hauled railcars throughout Lake Michigan from 1953 to 1990. It was transformed right into a automobile and passenger ferry and might carry 600 individuals and 180 autos.

It now operates between Ludington in western Michigan and Manitowoc in Wisconsin and was designated a nationwide historic landmark in 2016.

“We’re maintaining a lot of the workers,” Barker stated. “It’s an amazing operation, and it’s our purpose to proceed that operation in Ludington.”

The SS Badger, the opposite ships and the carferry and transport firms had been owned by Bob Manglitz, Don Clingan and Jim Anderson.

“The communities of Manitowoc and Ludington and the individuals have a way of possession within the Badger,” Manglitz stated after the sale. “It was like nothing I’ve ever been concerned with.”

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