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809 S. Eigth St.

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809 S. Eigth St. | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:USS COBIA (submarine)
Reference Number:86000087
Location (Address):809 S. Eigth St.
809 South 8th Street, Manitowoc, Manitowoc County
Architects: Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut
Date of construction: 1943

The USS Cobia is a fleet-type submarine of the Gato class that was used in World War II against the Japanese army. The role and importance the United States¿ submarine force played in winning the war cannot be overestimated. The force was instrumental n the fight against Japan by creating a blockade that prevented the country from getting oil, iron ore, food, and other raw materials they needed to continue fighting the war. American submarines, including the USS Cobia, sank more thank 600,000 tons of enemy warships and more than 5,000,000 tons of merchant shipping, consequently destroying much of Japan¿s ocean commerce. During six war patrols the USS Cobia sank 13 Japanese ships to account for more than 18,000 tons of Japanese shipping and earned four battle stars. By 1945 the submarine war carried out by the United States made it virtually impossible for any Japanese ships to sail the ocean.

Today the USS Cobia is in excellent condition and is maintained as a submarine memorial by Manitowoc Maritime Museum. Although, not built in the nearby Manitowoc Shipyards, the submarine is similar to the Gato class submarines that were constructed in Manitowoc during the war. Furthermore, it is a symbol of the effort of the shipbuilding company and the people of Wisconsin to win the war. The building of the submarines by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company is considered one of the great industrial achievements of World War II.

The USS Cobia is open to the public during hours of museum operation.

Period of Significance:1925-1949
Area of Significance:Military
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Defense: Naval Facility
Historic Use:Transportation: Water-Related
Architectural Style:Other
Resource Type:Structure
Architect:Electric Boat Co.
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:National Historic Landmark Status Granted
National Historic Landmark Listing Date:Tue Jan 14 00:00:00 UTC 1986
National Register Listing Date:01/14/1986
State Register Listing Date:01/01/1989
Number of Contributing Buildings:0
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:1
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:1
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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