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Parks Department: SS Badger historical designation not yet official

Jan 24, 2016

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Correction: An earlier version of this story said the historic designation was already official.

It looks like the SS Badger will have to wait a little longer before it's named a National Historic Landmark. 

Last week, it was reported the Badger had already earned the designation.

According to a post on the National Historic Landmark Program's social media page, the vintage car ferry's application is still under review:

"Inaccurate information related to the SS Badger (car ferry) was mistakenly posted to our page yesterday, January 21, 2016. The application for NHL status is still under secretarial review and is not final. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused."

The 410-foot S.S. Badger has been shuttling cars back and forth across Lake Michigan since 1952, and attracts thousands of passengers each year.

The ship once drew criticism from environmental groups for dumping coal ash in the waters along its route between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

After more than $2 million in upgrades, the Badger returned to service last spring with a new system that collects the ash and stores it on board.