Peoria in Peoria County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
During World War II the Wisconsin-based Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company constructed twenty-eight Gato Class fleet submarines. These boats, dubbed “Freshwater Submarines”, bolstered the production of existing naval shipyards. The completed submarines made their way from Lake Michigan down the Illinois River, each passing this very spot. Since river channels were merely seven feet in some places, the boats were transported in a special floating dry dock, with masts removed to clear bridges. Upon reaching New Orleans, the Manitowoc Submarines were commissioned into the Silent Service.
USS Peto SS 265 USS Hardhead SS 365 USS Pogy SS 266 USS Hawkbill SS 366 USS Pompon SS 267 USS Icefish SS 367 USS Puffer SS 268 USS Jallao SS 368 USS Rasher SS 269 USS Kete SS 369 USS Raton SS 270 USS Kraken SS 370 USS Ray SS 271 USS Lagarto SS 371 USS Redfin SS 272 USS Lamprey SS 372 USS Robalo SS 273 USS Lizzardfish SS 373 USS Rock SS 274 USS Loggerhead SS 374 USS Golet SS 361 USS Macabi SS 375 USS Guavina SS 362 USS Mapiro
Four Manitowoc Submarines: “Golet”, “Kete”, “Lagarto”, and “Robalo” along with 336 officers and enlisted men were lost during the war.
Erected 2003 by United States Submarine Veterans - Peoria Base.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II.
Location. 40° 41.206′ N, 89° 35.439′ W. Marker is in Peoria, Illinois, in Peoria County. Marker is on SW Water Street near Harrison Street, on the right when traveling east. On Water Front near Harrison Street intersecting SW Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Peoria IL 61602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroads (approx. Ό mile away); Steamboats (approx. Ό mile away); Bridges (approx. Ό mile away); CILCO-Wallace Station (approx. Ό mile away); Peoria on The Riverfront / Peoria (approx. 0.3 miles away); Schwab - Powell Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Peoria Skyline (approx. 0.3 miles away); Waterborn Services Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Peoria.
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Also see . . .
1. Gato class submarines. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on November 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company. This item includes Information about all 28 Manitowoc Submarines built in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Material is compiled from Official Navy Documents. (Submitted on July 26, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. USS Jallao SS 368. Veterans Association homepage. (Submitted on July 18, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 4,540 times since then and 154 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 3. submitted on November 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.