The S.S. Badger's 2002 sailing season begins May 17. To check schedules or make reservations, call 1-888-337-7948 or check the Web at

A one-way trip, for one person plus a car, costs $91 from May 17 to June 6 and from Sept. 3 to Oct. 14. It's three bucks more during summer months.

The round-trip fare, again for one person plus car, is $166 during spring and fall, $172 during summer. Discounts on passenger fares are available for seniors and children, and you get a 20 percent discount on both passenger and vehicle fares if you catch the 12:30 a.m. red eye from Manitowoc.

Here's some background on the S.S. Badger:

The Badger provides the only cross-lake passenger service on the Great Lakes.

The 60-mile crossing takes four hours.


Skip the math -- the boat travels at 18 mph.

The vessel is 410 feet, 6 inches long -- diminutive by the standards of the ore boats you see in Duluth Harbor, which measure up to 1,000 feet long, but big enough to accommodate 620 passengers and 180 vehicles.

It was built in 1952 by Christy Corp. of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and cost $5 million.

The vessel began daily ferry service in March 1953.

Source: Lake Michigan Carferry Service Inc.

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