||The Boatnerd Gathering series
for 2001 started off with a trip aboard the Carferry Badger. The Badger is the last operating carferry on the
Lake Michigan, at 410-feet she is steam powered and coal fired.
The crossing took us from Ludington, MI. to Manitowoc, WI.
Our group was treated to tours of the pilothouse and engine room of Badger. This
was a rare opportunity
to see the two Skinner Unaflow Steam engines that generate a combined 7,000 horsepower.
The Badger Gathering start on Friday, June 1
with some joining the Badger in Manitowoc.
arrives in Manitowoc Friday afternoon. Steve Haverty
Right on schedule the Badger arrived in Ludington entering the break wall about 7:00 p.m. Friday night.
to the dock. Steve Haverty
dock. Steve Haverty
Coal smoke over the horizon.
Dropping the anchor to turn and back to the dock.
Wide view turning.
Spartan, Arthur K. Atkinson and Barge P.M. 41 in lay-up.
of the Badger at the dock.
Panoramic of the
Spartan at her lay-up dock.
Once onboard those attending the gathering were
treated to tours of the Badger
of the pilothouse Steve Haverty
Pilothouse Chadburn Steve
image of Ludington Harbor Steve Haverty
Haverty gives the wheel a spin.
Max Hanley (left) leads a tour through the engine room.
Chadburn and throttle controls
for one of the Skinner Uniflow engines.
Automatic coal stoker.
Fire box opened.
Builder's plate in the engine room.
We departed Ludington on Saturday morning heading into a foggy Lake Michigan.
Badger at the dock.
Crews prepare the stern for departure.
Sea gate is lowered on the stern as we pull away from the dock.
Group shot on the bow.
Plate. Scott Best
We arrive in Manitowoc, WI to find the Armco anchored off the port waiting for the winds to calm.
Passing the lighthouse.
View from the dock. Vic DeLarwelle
Passenger watch the docking.
docked. Vic DeLarwelle
In Manitowoc we had the opportunity to tour the
Wisconsin Maritime Museum
World War II Submarine USS Cobia at the Maritime Museum. Vic
view. Steve Haverty
Engine display in the Marine Museum. Scott
ship display. Scott Best
stocked gift shop.
the USS Cobia.
have calmed and the Armco makes its way into port.
Preparing to get underway.
Approaching the dock.
Close up of her stack.
Dragging the anchor.
the dock the anchor is raised.
Crew member is lowered to the dock.
is hosed off.
Water is sprayed as the coal is unloaded to reduce the amount of dust.
brave the drizzle to capture the Armco on film.
Panoramic of the Armco preparing to
unload. Steve Vanden Bosch
We prepare to depart Manitowoc heading back to
to the Badger.
Fitch guides the Badger from the pilot house.
away from the dock.
Passing through the breakwall into Lake Michigan.
Bridge crew working in the Lake.
aft from the pilothouse. Scott Best
steers his course.
Heading for Ludington.
Gathering ended with the return to Ludington, we had a great group of people
and everyone had a good time. The staff and crew at the Lake Michigan Carferry
Service went out of their way to see to it that we had an enjoyable trip.
sincere thanks to: