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Recently, I was doing a Google Earth search to see what was left of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company site in Wisconsin. My grandfather was an architect for the company doing work on the subs themselves and actually got a ride on one of them during their shakedowns in Lake Michigan. My mom was born and raised in Two Rivers. Anyways, It is always sad to see what was once a bee hive of activity vanish....so many memories, so many lives. Here is a comparison of the company from WWII to the present day. The industrial site actually had three main areas, each producing a different ship. The Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company built a total of 28 subs and was also responsible for building LCT's. Across the river is Burgher Boats which still exists on site. They built what looked like minelayers. These sites are marked on the current Google Earth map. There still are original buildings on the submarine site, but many of them are of course missing. If you look at the photos, you will see what was railway bridge that is now gone.

 

 

Here is the Burger Boats site during the war.....

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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Here is the main site photo from the war..... Note the subs in the water around the edges....

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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This is the LCT assembly area.....

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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And the site today. Note where the LCT's and PCI's are built. Nothing much there!

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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A larger shot of the WWII photo. I can't seem to replace the one I posted.....

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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I posted these photos a while back, but if you don't mind, I'll add them here. These were photos I got from my grandfather.....

 

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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Pretty cool, thanks for the time and effort on it!

 

I have been to the Maritime Museum there and to the USS Cobia a couple times but was never sure where the actual shipyard was in relation to the sub.

 

Now I know what to look for I just checked and found it on Google Earth. They are quite close to each other.

 

Thanks for the thread.

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Happy you like it! I visited the museum years ago when home on leave (I was born and raised in Milwaukee). It is a really cool museum.

 

-Ski

In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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You mentioned shakedown cruises on Lake Michigan. Were there enough deep water areas to run submerged or was that done elsewhere?

 

areas of LM with depths over 900'

Looking for: Fourth/ Seventh Rhode Island Infantry items


Purple Heart : Robert L. Freitag KIA ETO 2/11/45


Any US/German items with the last name "Freitag"


also, war-related posters



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Ski,

Thanks for posting. Living close to this area , I have visited the Museum and USS Cobia a few times. I volunteer in my small town museum and one of my co-workers was a welder on the subs. Unfortunately she passed away a few years ago. She was very proud of her job during war times and part of the reason the museum is what it is today. Another thing about the pictures that struck me was that my son worked in that area recently and I did not relate that. In the newer google picture , you can see Broadwind towers right in the middle of the peninsula. They assemble the towers for most of the large wind generators. I'm going to share it with him tonight.

Thanks again, Mitch

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace"
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Ski, it is true that Manitowoc Company no longer builds ships and Burger now builds luxury yachts but, both companies are still in business. Manitowoc company built a new facility on the south side of Manitowoc and manufactures one of the best cranes anywhere in the world: http://www.manitowoccranes.com/

The old plant that you showed on the Manitowoc Peninsula is now owned by Broadwind Energy, the largest producer of wind towers in America: http://www.bwen.com/

My grandfather actually worked on the submarines in Manitowoc and was injured in an industrial accident that occurred in a torpedo tube that he was working on. He spent a day in the hospital and went right back to work. He carried the scars on his face the rest of his life and worked there until he retired in 1974. It's cool that your mom was born in Two Rivers, I was born in Manitowoc but have spent most of my life living in Two Rivers.

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