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Manitowoc in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Manitowoc Submarines

 
 
Manitowoc Submarines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 16, 2008
1. Manitowoc Submarines Marker
Inscription. At the outbreak of World War II in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called upon America to rearm. Increasing the number of submarines became a goal. Because existing shipbuilders could not meet production schedules, the U.S. Navy approached Charles C. West, president of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, and requested that his firm build submarines.

Government contracts led to the expansion and modernization of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company facilities. Workers and engineers rapidly developed innovative con­struction methods, including side-launching of submarines. Ultimately, the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company employed some 7,000 workers in three shifts, seven days a week.

U.S.S. Peto, launched in 1942, became the first of twenty-eight fleet submarines built at Manitowoc. The submarines were towed to New Orleans via the Illinois-Mississippi Waterway using a special floating dry dock. U.S.S. Rasher, a Manitowoc submarine, sank 99,901 tons of Japanese shipping, the second highest total for an American submarine. Four Manitowoc submarines, Golet, Kete, Lagato, and Robalo, along with 336 officers and enlisted men were lost during the war.
 
Erected 1989 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 285.)
 
Marker series.
Manitowoc Submarines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 16, 2008
2. Manitowoc Submarines Marker
This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 5.568′ N, 87° 39.379′ W. Marker is in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in Manitowoc County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Maritime Drive and North 7th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is is near the Manitowoc River just west of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc WI 54220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Cobia (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Peto (SS 265) (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Pogy (SS 266) (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Pompon (SS 267) (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Puffer (SS 268) (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Rasher (SS 269) (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Raton (SS 270) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manitowoc.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another Manitowoc Submarines marker in Peoria, Illinois
 
Also see . . .  USS Cobia. Wikipedia entry.
Manitowoc Submarines Marker and Wisconsin Maritime Museum image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, January 5, 2011
3. Manitowoc Submarines Marker and Wisconsin Maritime Museum
(Submitted on October 4, 2008.) 
 
Additional keywords. SS-245
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
<i>U.S.S. Cobia</i> image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 16, 2008
4. U.S.S. Cobia
State/National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark #86000087
U.S.S. Cobia marker nearby image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, January 5, 2011
5. U.S.S. Cobia marker nearby
Wisconsin Maritime Museum / Manitowoc Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 16, 2008
6. Wisconsin Maritime Museum / Manitowoc Harbor
Ralph Clark Huston Jr. gun mount and marker nearby image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, January 5, 2011
7. Ralph Clark Huston Jr. gun mount and marker nearby
Only person to be buried at sea from the decks of a submarine.
Nearby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 16, 2008
8. Nearby Marker
Dedicated to those who constructed or served on Manitowoc built Submarines 1941 - 1945 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the United States Navy Submarine Service 1900 - 2000.
Nearby Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 16, 2008
9. Nearby Plaque
This spot marks the landing of the first white settlers in Manitowoc May 5, 1836
Manitowoc County Historical Society 1939
 
 
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