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Date: 1954 ca.

Description: Self-unloader, the Detroit Edison, Hull 418, is under construction and surrounded by scaffolding at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Corporation.

Learn how Wisconsin became an industrial center in the latter half of the 19th century.

Date:  date unknown

Description: A man stands in front of huge blocks of ice at the American Shipbuilding Company. The ship War Otter is in the background.

Photograph

McDougall Whaleback

Date: 1892 

Description: Whaleback steamer in the shipyards of the American Steel Barge Company.

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: View over pier made of pilings towards a floating drydock, now embedded in the ice, near Solombola, Russia. There are tall buildings behind it on the oppos...

Date: 1892 

Description: Captian Alex McDougall's passenger whaleback steamer the "Christopher Columbus" being built in the shipyard of the American Steel Barge Company.

Historical Essay

The Man with the Iron Hand

Learn about explorer Robert de La Salle's iron-handed chief lieutenant, Henri de Tonty, and what resulted in most likely the worst winter of his life.

Photograph

Victory Ship Gears

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Description: Workman working on the main reduction gears for a Victory Ship at the Falk Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Photograph

Marine Iron Company

Date:  date unknown

Description: The Peter Grignon Shipyard next to the Marine Iron Company.

Date: 1888-04-20 

Description: The launching of the screw passenger and freight vessel, "Petoskey," on April 20, 1888 at Burger and Burger Builders, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Date: 1892 

Description: Another view of Captain Alex McDougall's whaleback steamer in the shipyard of the American Steel Barge Company.

Photograph

Ship Building

Date:  date unknown

Description: A crane lowers a beam onto the frame of a boat. Workers can be seen standing along the top of the vessel and scaling a ladder. Construction equipment and m...

Photograph

Lone Swan

Date: 1964 ca.

Description: Docks at Jones Island with a lone swan swimming.

Photograph

New Motor Boat

Date: 1928-03-11 

Description: Covers have been pulled aside to reveal the new motor boat which sits in front of a large shed in Till Stuyvesant's yard in Lake Geneva. There is a large t...

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Description: Four Pawling & Harnischfeger lattice girder cranes used in shipbuilding. There are men on the bridge of the nearest crane, and the banner on the crane read...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Group of men posed in front of the partially constructed "Apollo No. 1" steamboat.

Date: 1967-09-14 

Description: Double reduction reverse gear that was later purchased by Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. Falk caption reads, "Photos taken for possible use as glam...

Photograph

S.S. Harvester

Date: 1911-07-15 

Description: The S.S. Harvester on the building ways before launching. The ship was built for the Wisconsin Steel Company, a subsidiary of International Harveste...

Photograph

USS Wisconsin

Date: 1943 ca.

Description: USS Wisconsin in drydock during construction. A group of men are standing on scaffolding at the base of the ship.

The Story of Two Communities Through Photographs

Read about the history of Manitowoc and Two Rivers, two Wisconsin communities, and view photos documenting more than 150 years of life in the two cities.
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