The SS Badger is the last of its kind, the only coal-fired ship still carrying passengers and freight on the Great Lakes. Launched in 1953 -- the year Stalin died, the year Edmund Hillary climbed Everest and the first Corvette came off the line -- the Badger runs daily spring-to-fall across the heart of Lake Michigan.

She's 400 feet long and able to carry 620 passengers and 180 cars.

Her sister ship, the SS Spartan, seen in the opening shot, still lies dockside in Ludington, Michigan, but is retired from service.

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"Broken String" by The Underscore Orkestra (theunderscoreorkestra.com)

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