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Submarines in Lockport
Date: Saturday September 17
Time: 10:30 am
In 1940, the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in Wisconsin was
commissioned to construct submarines by the U. S. Navy for use in
The subs were tested in Lake Michigan and were determined fit for service. The question then —how to get the subs from Lake Michigan to sea? The St. Lawrence Seaway had not been opened yet.
The Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, the engineering marvel constructed 40 years before the war, was the answer. The subs had a draft of 15 feet, and the Chicago River and Sanitary Canal could well handle that.
The Submarine Veterans of Northern IL will present an informative program on exactly how the submarines made their way from Manitowac WI out to sea.
White Oak Library - Lockport
2nd Floor Meeting Room
Attendance is free. Public is invited.