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Spirit of Ludington
by Kristin Kokkin
The sculpture display overlooks the Ludington harbor and shows a weathered sea captain steering his ship. It was dedicated to Ludington native Charles F. Conrad, founder of the Lake Michigan Carferry Service which contained the automobile ferry SS Badger. The SS Badger, along with the SS Spartan and the SS City of Midland 41 carferries, were purchased by Conrad in 1991 from the defunct Michigan-Wisconsin Transportation Company. He converted the Badger to a passenger and auto ferry. The Lake Michigan Carferry Service then functioned as an independent enterprise for ten years without government subsidies. The S.S. Badger has ferried 34,000 vehicles and 115,000 passengers between Ludington, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, from 1992 to 2014. The sculpture was created in 2000 and named "The Sailor" by the sculptor Kristin Kokkin. It was the first sculpture to be placed at Ludington's waterfront park. It honors those who have sailed on Lake Michigan.
Location Ludington Waterfront Park, 391 S William St, Ludington, MI 49431
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