The S-S Badger launches this morning for its ‘Maiden Voyage’ of the 2016 season. A media tour of the newly minted National Historic Landmark will take place to kick off the celebratory day. The 410 foot six inch long, awe-inspiring vessel is the last remaining coal-fired passenger vessel operating on the Great Lakes. Capturing its National Historic Landmark status January 20th, of this year. The S.S. Badger transports passengers between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, connecting US-10 on a four-hour float across the states namesake lake. Recently the S.S Badger installed a coal-retention system. This was the last hurdle to clear, helping it to earn its status, that is and will continue to live on in infamy. A new mascot joins the voyage for the season on the family friendly ship -- ‘Captain Conrad’ will be his name. Along with new additions and the traditional voyages and events, a new cruise has been added to the season operations. The S-S Badger hours of operation and fare pricing are available at www.ssbadger.com.