Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co.-History

The Many Products of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, 1948

Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company History

Read More About It

"Fresh Water Submarines: the Manitowoc Story" by William Nelson

"A World War II Submarine" by Richard Humble

"Ships Beneath the Sea: a History of Subs and Submersibles" by Robert Forrest Burgess

"The Illustrated History of the Submarine" by Edward Horton

"Stealth at Sea: the History of the Submarine" by Dan Vander Vat



Interesting Fact:

Peto received eight battle stars for its service in World War II.

Study Questions:

  • How did the submarines get to the Pacific Ocean from Manitowoc?
  • How many of the submarines built in Manitowoc were lost during World War II?
  • What is the history of the Peto? What does the name mean?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 30:

    1904: The Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St. Louis.

  • April 30

    April 30, 1942: The Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company launched its first submarine, the Peto. The company launched 28 subs, 17 of which went on to have enviable combat records in the Pacific, sinking 130 Japanese ships.

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