|Found: Chessie's water-borne links between Ludington, Michigan and the Wisconsin ports of Milwaukee, Manitowoc and Kewaunee move 175,000 passengers, 50,000 autos and 100,000 cars of freight annually across Lake Michigan. Vactionists from many states choose C & O's cross lake short cut as pleasant and restful interludes in a busy schedule. C & O's fleet of seven ships (including the Badger) operate round the clock every day throughout the year by anonymous, circa 1953|
The now historic LMC S. S. Badger runs part of the year across Lake Michigan from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Ludington, Michigan. The ferry carries passengers and their autos and offering Sea Breeze cocktails to calm the stomach when the waves get choppy. Embroiled in an EPA controversy over disposing of its coal ash in the lake, the ferry is investigating switching to natural gas for fuel. Says the website: "The amount of mercury, arsenic and lead in the coal ash is not only below standards that would make it harmful, but also hundreds of times lower than what others are allowed to discharge into Lake Michigan." Nothing is as simple as it used to be.