Maritime History Gallery

Step back to the 1840s and learn how shipbuilding and shipping were some of the first industries in the newly-formed state of Wisconsin.  Explore the streets of old Manitowoc where shipbuilders, sailors and traders walked more than 150 years ago. Imagine buying a ticket at Goodrich Transportation Co. and traveling on the whaleback steamer Christopher Columbus.  Peer into a replica cross-section of the schooner Clipper City and learn how Wisconsin shipyards contributed to our nation’s growth during the 20th century and its defense during World War II by building ships and submarines in Manitowoc and northeastern Wisconsin.