Attractions Historic Vessel
Attraction Name Description
Carferry Badger During the summer season the last coal-fired railroad carferry on the Great Lakes shuttles passengers and automobiles across Lake Michigan between Manitowoc and Ludington, Michigan. The Badger offers a rare opportunity for non-mariners to experience a slice of life on a Great Lakes steamboat. The...
L. Wade Childress The pushboat L. Wade Childress sank near Fort Madison, Iowa, on 23 December 1985. Today, she rests 'on the hard' along County Highway K north of Prairie du Chien.
S.S. Meteor Designed by Captain Alexander McDougall and launched in Superior, the 336-foot Meteor is the only remaining whaleback steamer. Built as the bulk propeller Frank Rockefeller in 1896, the name was changed to South Park in 1927 and to Meteor in 1943 when it was converted to a tanker. The ship became...
Tug Islay The tug Islay was built by Alexander McDougall and named for his daughter, who was named for McDougall's birthplace in Scotland. Islay was part of the first triple launching on the Great Lakes, including the Whalebacks Pillsbury and Washburn. Powered by a 1-cylinder, 125 HP steam engine and owned...
Tug Ludington The tug is open seasonally for tours. Please call the above number for more information. The former US Corps of Engineers tug Ludington was built by Jacobson Shipyard at Oyster Bay, New York, in 1943. Originally named Major Wilbur R. Browder (LT-4), the 114-foot tug towed ammunition barges across...
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