Freshwater 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.


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