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Conversion of the former Rail Ferry
Viking to barge
Pictures by Mark Angi


In September 2013 crews in Menominee, Michigan with  KK Integrated Logistic began converting the railferry Viking to a flat deck barge. The ferry was built in 1925 at Manitowoc, Wis., as the Ann Arbor No. 7 and was renamed Viking in 1964 when she was rebuilt and converted diesel.

The current owners tried many different business ventures over the last 10 years to keep the Viking running but each was met with its own challenges.

The SS Badger wanted to purchase the Viking to run it as a car ferry but, unfortunately, due to regulations, that did not pan out either. She is not being scrapped but converted to a flat deck barge.  

October 2013:

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