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May 25-26, 2007


5/28 - Nearly 50 BoatNerds Gathered at the S/S Badger on May 25 and 26, 2007. More than 20 opted to arrive on Friday evening and stay over night in a badger stateroom. The "overnighters" were treated to tours of the pilot house and engine room before retiring, and a full buffet breakfast on Saturday morning.
The rest of the group arrive Saturday morning and the Badger departed at 9:00 a.m. for Manitowoc. Passengers were entertained by a Lee Murdock concert during the trip across Lake Michigan.
After arriving in Manitowoc, part of the group stayed aboard the Badger for a two-hour Wisconsin Shoreline Cruise, and the other half boarded a bus to tour the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. The museum features the WWII submarine USS Cobia and the restored and operating forward triple expansion steam engine from the Chief Wawatam.
Returning to the Badger dock everyone re-boarded and we were off on the return trip to Ludington. Again, Lee Murdock entertained during the crossing, along with games provided by the Badger's hospitality staff. The Badger arrived in Ludington al little after 10:00 p.m. Saturday evening and everyone went their separate ways. A good time was had by all!

S/S Badger arriving in Ludington on Friday evening.

Close up.

Stern view

Boatnerds assembled on the aft deck receiving tour instructions from Cruise Director Jason.

Our tour guides

Linda Spencer gave a short program about the museum ship City of Milwaukee which is located in nearby Manistee.

Part of the group.

On the car deck descending to the engine room.

Will we all fit down there?

Looking down to the lower level of the engine room.

The starboard side engineer's control station.

What size wrench do you need?

The engineer's control station.

In the pilot house.

Lake Michigan sunset as seen from the Badger's pilot house.

Lots of gadgets to explore.

A tour of the galley on the way back.

Always a busy place.

Breakfast buffet.

Two Canadian visitors enjoy breakfast.

Breakfast with a view.

A group of Detroit area Boatnerd/train fans.

Badger's builder's plate.

Capt. Kevin Fitch at the helm as we leave Ludington.

Passing USCG Station Ludington

A Boatnerd who got stuck to work on the weekend and missed the trip.

Two Boatnerds taking pictures of other Boatnerds on the Badger whoa  re taking pictures of the Boatnerd standing by the Ludington Breakwater Light.

Enjoying the music of Lee Murdock on during the trip across Lake Michigan.

View from the pilothouse as the Badger approaches Manitowoc.

Manitowoc Breakwater Light.

Boarding the USS Cobia behind the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

The restored and moving triple expansion engine from the former Straits railroad ferry Chief Wawatam.

Pistons from the steam engine.

Enjoying lunch at Beerntsen's Confectionary in downtown Manitowoc.

On the bus, heading back to the Badger.

Boarding in Manitowoc.

A lone fisherman in the rain as we pass the Manitowoc Breakwater Light as the Badger heads for Ludington.

Capt. Fitch signs autographs for young fans after safely return the Badger to Ludington.

6/1 - More Badger scenes - Joe Barr

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New Badger benches

Stack logo

On deck


Galley sign


Pilot house

Engineer explains Engine Room operation

Murphy's Laws in engine room

Top of Skinner Uniflow engine.

Dining area

Aft deck lounge

Under way on Lake Michigan

Christopher Columbus display at museum

USS Cobia

Push tug Sophie Marie

Tug Erich

Re-boarding in Manitowoc

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