Badger resumes double sailings

September 23, 2013
File Photo: A wind turbine is unloaded at the Ludington dock.

File Photo: A wind turbine is unloaded at the Ludington dock.

LUDINGTON — A high volume in commercial traffic has caused Lake Michigan Carferry service to resume evening sailings of the S.S. Badger. The double sailings ended after Labor Day weekend. But, an increase in wind tower cargo has meant the need to resume the practice until the end of the sailing season on Oct. 12.

To encourage passenger travel during these additional evening crossings, LMC will be offering a 40% discount on passenger and vehicle fares for the evening sailings. “The demand for additional crossings is great news and will offer additional fall travel options for our passengers and added benefit to our staff and port cities,” said Pat McCarthy, vice president of shore operations.

“LMC has provided cost effective transportation for over-dimensional commercial business and wind towers for the past several years. The need to offer additional crossing to accommodate commercial business once again demonstrates the important transportation option that the SS Badger provides,” McCarthy said.

Many of these commercial loads are 150 feet long and weigh over 150,000 pounds. To view the transportation of these massive wind towers and over-dimensional commercial loads visit the Badger’s YouTube channel at

Information pertaining to the special reduced passenger fares during the newly scheduled evening crossings are available by calling toll free 1-800-841-4243. The Badger’s normal departure times will be continued. – (weather pending).

Departure from Ludington at 9 a.m. (ET) arriving in Manitowoc, Wis. at noon (CT)

Departure from Manitowoc at 1 p.m. (CT), arriving in Ludington at 7 p.m. (ET).


Departing Ludington at 8:30 p.m. (ET) arriving in Manitowoc at 11:30 p.m. (CT)

Departing Manitowoc at 1 a.m. (CT) arriving in Ludington at 6 a.m. (ET).

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