Stationed in Ludington, MI, the S.S. Badger is the last operational coal ship in the country. Writer and Director, Frank Sollars, was in town 2013 when the EPA was looking to shut down the ship because of its coal dumping practices. It was a very stressful time for the community. They did not want to lose a staple of their city. Two years later, the ship was retrofitted with a new system that would capture the coal and off-loaded for cement use, rendering the S.S. Badger cleared for service. To this day it still carries wind turbine components from Wisconsin and other commercial loads.
Inspired, Frank set out to spotlight this interesting time in Ludington history – using the ship’s looming fate as a backdrop for a romantic comedy.