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Old 02-06-2009, 07:37 PM
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Location: "The Belle City" on Wisconsin's Eastern Waterway
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The Manitowoc (WI) shipyards launched the 1st Gato Class Sub USS Peto on Apr 30th 1942, also the 1st sub ever to be launched sideways. They completed a sub every 2 or 3 months and the 1st order of 10 subs were delivered ahead of schedule in less than 2 years. The Peto was shipped to NOLA via the Chicago River to Lockport where it was loaded on a floating dry dock ( also built by Manitowoc ) and then pushed to NOLA by the tug Kansas City. Manitowoc also had the original Navy contract for building the 112 foot LCT's, used for landing equipment on beaches. They were in charge of design and porcurement of materials for the 12 shipyards that built them. The LCT's were a higher priority than the subs.
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