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S.S. Badger Designated Historic Landmark


The last coal-fired steamship on the Great Lakes, the S.S. Badger, was recently designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior. The designation “recognizes the Badger’s exceptional value and quality in illustrating an aspect of American transportation technology of the mid-twentieth century,” the announcement states.

The 410-foot-long car ferry was built and launched in 1952 and continues to transport passengers from Ludington, Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin each season.

“The S.S. Badger is a unique example of American ingenuity in transportation that has been crucial to our country’s economic development over the last century,” National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis says in the statement.

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