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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.

Date: 1892 

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

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Description: Elevated view of four Pawling & Harnischfeger lattice girder bridges trolley hoists used in shipbuilding. There are men on the bridge of the nearest crane...

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

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...

Photograph

McDougall Whaleback

Date: 1892 

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

Date: 1880 ca.

Description: The schooner "S.M. Stephenson" was built in Manitowoc in 1880, weighing 511 gross tons. Its owner was A. Bigelow.

Date: 1954 ca.

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

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.

Photograph

Marine Iron Company

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

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Description: A view of a steamer ship in a dry dock location. Writing on the side of the dry dock reads: "L.A. Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. Dry Dock Lifting Capacity 1...

Date: 1914 ca.

Description: Poster showing inside of shipping manufacturer depicting men working near a ship in drydock. Along the bottom it says: "On The Job For Victory / United Sta...

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Description: The steamboat "John C. Mann" on drydock.

Date: 1892 

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

Date: 1919 ca.

Description: Four Pawling & Harnischfeger lattice girder bridges trolley hoists used in shipbuilding. There are men on the bridge of the nearest crane and the banner on...

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.

Photograph

Ship Building

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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...

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Description: Two men stand on scaffolding as they work on the construction of the bow of a ship. Another man stands on the ground nearby. A crane is visible in the back...

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.

Date: 1925-07-08 

Description: Elevated view of the ship the Charles C. West splashing into the Manitowoc River with a large crowd gathered to watch.

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