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Badger Moods

Noon August 14 2 pm August 14 Noon August 28 2 pm August 28 Noon September 1 And since I missed her departure that day, here’s a few seconds later than the previous photo. All photos by Will Van dorp, who has a sense sense that SS Badger is a dinosaur in a number of […]

Badger and Deer

This follows on a post from six years ago entitled “dog and badger, which you can read here. Really the post is about SS Badger, the last of the Great Lakes car ferries.  There is Pere Marquette 41, of course, and although I’ve seen her on AIS, I’ve never laid eyes on the real deal. […]

Badger 2

In case you missed the video of car ferry  Badger‘s arrival one day in late June, it’s here. Rainy weather had caused a lot of runoff, turning the water two shades of Lake Michigan.  And once I got thinking about weather, and the word got stuck in my brain along with this absurd video clip […]

US Route 10 Badger

This does not look like a highway scene, yet it IS the stretch of Route 10 that will get you the best fuel economy and can accommodate quite oversized loads whether they come from Manitowoc or Chengxi or anywhere else, Badger can move backward driven from here or forward . . . to get you […]

Dog and Badger

A salmon-fishing dog in a kayak being paddled by a human and tailed by a Coast Guard RIB . . . that’s intriguing, but the 50 or so folks with me at the end of the jetty were not there to greet the pooch.  We were there to see the badger, this Badger. Badger entered […]

One Boat Six Decades

Many thanks to Lee Rust for working with the two photos immediately below, showing a boat frequently featured here. Photo to the left was taken near the elevators in Manitowoc in a slip now filled in and frequently piled high with coal adjacent to Badger‘s slip. In the 1959 photo, the tug was owned by […]

CyberNAFTA Ship

Prescript:  As if the “black friday” term were not already overused, now everywhere I look online pops up a cyber reference.  If you didn’t see enough there, here are more. If I’d have to pick my favorite cyber, it would be Cyber, the Marvel universe character, a villain, I might add.   And who knows, […]

Other Peoples Photos 68

All these photos come from Christine Douglas, who frequents areas along the Calumet River. Pere Marquette 41 and Undaunted . . . I’ve seen in the distance several times each of the past two years.  This is why I was excited when I saw Christine’s photos of the unit close up in the Calumet river. […]

CB12

We’re now in the last Great Lake of the trip, but that is a big lake.  In late afternoon, we pass Poverty Island, with its light sans lantern. Here’s more on the island. Morning found us in Manitowoc, looking at Neeskay, a 1953 Higgins T-boat. Any water visit to Manitowoc of course gets intruded on […]

San Jose

Under wraps last summer, this new build in Cleveland was ready for the intended client, but  . . . “we have a problem” finalizing the deal, so there had to be another deal. So finally a month ago, San Jose got under way from Cleveland getting through the Saint Lawrence and around Nova Scotia bound for […]