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Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company

 
 
Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
1. Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company Marker
Inscription. Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company One of the most unusual WWI Mississippi River transportation stories concerns the Manitowoc [Wisconsin] Shipbuilding Co., the nation's only inland builder of submarines.

In December 1940, the U.S. Navy contracted with the company to construct 10 Gato class submarines. Subsequently, the Navy increased the order to 41 boats of which 28 were ultimately produced prior to the end of the war.

The typical Gato submarine was 312 feet long, with 27-foot beams and a 15-foot draft, and weighted 1825 tons surfaced. Its crew consisted of 65-74 officers and men.

After trial testing in Lake Michigan, the submarines sailed to Chicago, where they were towed to Lockport, Illinois, and then placed in floating dry docks to travel down the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans.

Crowds gathered along the rivers and at bridge crossings to cheer the boats and their crews. From New Orleans, the submarines passed through the Panama Canal before joining the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
 
Erected by Southeast Missouri State University.
 
Location. 37° 17.757′ N, 89° 31.223′ W. Marker is in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau County. Marker can be reached
Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
2. Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company Marker
Marker located in the middle under the pavilion.
from Aquasmi Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in a park on Southeast University Missouri - River Campus. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Girardeau MO 63701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St Vincent's Seminary and Southeast Missouri State University (here, next to this marker); Cape Girardeau River Crossings (a few steps from this marker); Cape Girardeau and the Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); River Commerce (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Champion Beech Tree (about 500 feet away); Cape La Croix Creek (approx. 0.3 miles away); Don Louis Lorimier / El Camino Real (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old St. Vincent's Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cape Girardeau.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, World I
 
Sideways launch on the Manitowoc River image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
3. Sideways launch on the Manitowoc River
Southeast Missouri State University
Towboat and Submarine in floating drydock image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2012
4. Towboat and Submarine in floating drydock
Wisconsin Maritime Museum Collection
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 413 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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