Fresh Water Submarines: The Manitowoc Story

Written by: RADM William T. Nelson, USN (Ret.) (Nelson commanded two Manitowoc Submarines, USS Peto and USS Lamprey)

On the western shore of Lake Michigan, about 80 miles north of Milwaukee, lies the city of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Shipbuilding has long been a predominant industry of the city; in the middle of the 19th century the banks of the Manitowoc River were lined with boat yards. By 1940 there were only two left: Burger Boat Company and Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company. It was then that the Navy Department contacted the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company and asked them to build submarines.

This book explains why Manitowoc was picked, how the ship yard changed to build ships no one in the company had ever seen in person, and the quality of work and the people who built them. Manitowoc changed from a quiet mid-western town to a booming war industry. Find out how sailors trained on the Great Lakes and how they boats got from Lake Michigan to the war front.

Includes photos and war records of the 28 freshwater submarines.


Manitowoc Submarines

The Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company built 28 submarines during World War II. Together they sank 132 Japanese ships and damaged thousands of tons of much needed shipping. Learn about USS Peto, the first submarine side launched on the Great Lakes, and USS Rasher, which was second, out of 288 submarines, in total tonnage sunk (99,901 tons) during the war. And discover how four Manitowoc submarines never returned home.

This 32 page booklet gives a brief history of all 28 submarines built in Manitowoc.



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The Blind Fight

Written by: Cobia crew member Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart joined the Navy in 1943 when he was just 17 years old. During his time aboard Cobia he kept a small notebook, which he later used to write this book for his sons. It includes stories about joining the Navy, how he lied to get aboard Cobia, memories of life aboard, and other fun stories of his time in the Navy during World War II.


The Cobia at War

By: Jerry Calenberg

This complete history is a day-by-day account of all of USS Cobia's six war patrols. It includes quotes from the crew, technical notes from the editor, maps, and crew list.


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And the Baker's Boy Went to Sea

Written by author Mary Cummings, the book was inspired and aided by accounts of sixteen submarine veterans of WWII, including the author's father, Paul Cummings. While many memoirs are available, few WWII submarine novels have been written, and none until now, specifically for young people. This book is intended for middle school ages.


Phoenix the Fateful Journey

Written by: John Textor

Tragedy, Survival, and Heroism: The true story of an 1847 odyssey across the Atlantic, up the Hudson River, the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes.

In the 1840s, the New Territories around Lake Michigan were a magnet for both American pioneers and venturesome European immigrants. The fates of both of those passenger groups intermingled aboard the doomed ship Phoenix. This book, a journey through our heritage, describes the passengers, their reasons for travel, and their encounters along the perilous voyage. The reader will share the experiences of the main group during their two-months spent on a sailing ship crossing the Atlantic. From New York, the journey continues on the spectacular Hudson river and the marvelous Erie Canal. Finally, all passengers board the Phoenix for the 1,000 -mile-long cruise from Buffalo, New York to Wisconsin and Illinois ports. The weather is foul but they are sustained by their dreams of free and prosperous lives on their new homesteads.


Ships of the Great Lakes on Postcards

Volumes 1 & 2

By:Bob Welnetz

A look at our Great Lakes maritime heritage as seen through a collection of vintage Great Lakes postcards.  This unique collection inlcudes a wide variety of ships that have sailed the lakes: schooners, steamships, carferrys, submarines, tugs, barges, whalebacks, and more!

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Green Bay Workhorses: The Nau Tug Line

Written by: George Nau Burridge

The Nau family owned and operated a line of tug boats from 1890 - 1917. These tugs were an important link for the lumber industry and growing paper mill factories in the Fox River Valley. This book is a detailed history of the growth and success of this family run business that played a prominent role in the commercial activity of the port of Green Bay and its direct involvement in the rapid development of the pulp and paper industry in Green Bay and the Fox River Valley.

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