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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 […]

Lake Express

aka, trans-Michigan and not Badger.  More on Badger later. Lakes Express entered service in 2004, max speed at 34 kts., and has capacity for 44 cars, 12 motorcycles, and 248 passengers. It crosses the Lake between Milwaukee and Muskegon in 150 minutes with up to 8 crew.     Until 1970, this run was made […]

GWA9: ending up in Indiana

The channels –here negotiated by Pride–run close to shore along the southern side of Mackinac Island, necessitating careful monitoring of navaids, here is Buckthorn. Near the strait that forms the somewhat undefined boundary between Huron and Michigan,  we meet Sharon M I pushing Huron Spirit, the barge and not the pilot boat by the same name. […]

Go West 15

As we follow the west side of Lake Michigan, we see evidence of lots of fish and folks who say yes to catching them.       And there’s a boat building tradition and regular visits by an iconic vessel . . . Badger, which I’ve done a number of posts about before now.   […]

1952 Cross-Lake Ferry

I did two posts on Badger —here and here–back in 2012.  But until these photos this week, which I’m using with permission from FB’s SS Badger: Lake Michigan Car Ferry, I’d never seen her underwater ship lines. Above, that’s a ice-reinforced hull.  Read about her dry dock visit here. As I write, she’s in dry […]


Personal disclosure:  I used to enjoy playing football, but I’ve never watched a Super Bowl game.  I certainly have no feelings at all about any team, any sport.  But with all this talk of seahawks and broncos on ground hog day, I’m not oblivious: ground pork meatballs will go in my lunch stew.  This morning […]

Random Ships 28

Here was 27. Ken Bailey of Michigan Exposures sent along this foot of a cold Detroit River with icebreaking being done by a bulk carrier Ojibway, same vintage as the SS United States AND Badger. Last week’s weather fotos from Brian DeForest . . . Atlantic Conveyer cuts through a hint of fog, assisted by […]

Mississippi Watershed 3

Name that river where the hunters are putting in their boat on a ramp that’s showing some roughness?  If the guy taking fotos turns around, you’ll see this arch by Saarinen.  So it’s a low water Mississippi, making the levees seem even higher than the posted 38′ to the street.  By the way, I hadn’t […]