From our location in Wisconsin, it’s a long car ride to our neighboring state of Michigan. We do have a shortcut, taking the Manitowoc Carferry out of Manitowoc. It’s port-of-call in Michigan is the city of Ludington, and the trip is only 4 hours. The ferry is only operational in the summer months, when Lake Michigan is calmest. We have not yet had the chance to take the journey ourselves yet, but we have had fun just watching the ship come into port from Ludington.
The ship starts out as a black speck on the horizon, slowly growing larger. Before you know it, it’s coming in! You can see the lighthouse and people on it watching the ferry, a favorite past time of the locals here.
It is quite the show watching the ship ease its way into the dock. It has to turn around and back in. A very skilled Quartermaster indeed! After the ship docked, the largest cargo was unloaded first. I believe these were parts of wind turbines.
I heard some clapping near the ticket building and a celebration was going on.
Badger was celebrating their 2.5 millionth customer. How nice of them to throw a party for them.
Passengers waiting to disembark..
We had a great time watching this great ship come in. Someday, we will take a voyage on the S.S. Badger!
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