1942 – Manitowoc Company Launches First Submarine

On this date the submarine Peto was launched sideways into the Manitowoc River. This was the first submarine built by the Wisconsin company and, equally important, the first time a submarine was launched sideways instead of nose first. At 11:45 a.m. the wife of the 9th Naval district’s chief of staff christened the vessel with champagne. The 1,500 ton sub shot down the launch skids and hit the river. The Peto was 311 feet long and built to carry 85 men and 24 torpedoes. Prior to WWII, the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company manufactured car ferries, tankers, and river boats. The Peto was one of 28 submarines they produced during wartime. [Source: ]