First Submarine Built in Midwest
sale commercial same few the will before the or First Sub In Midwest Way To Ocean Passes Chicago Today On Journey To Salt Water And Final Tests CHICAGO, Dec. 26. (U,R)-- The S S Peto, a $7,500,000 submarine, rolled off an assembly line 1,000 miles from salt waters by farmers and lumberjacks who have never seen the sea, passed Chicago on the first trip by an undersea craft through the inland waterway to the ocean. The ninth naval district announced announced that the newest U, S. submarine, which started from Manitowoc, Manitowoc, Wis., Friday via Lake Michigan, would ; traverse the Chicago, Illinois and Mississippi' 'river's on her way "mighty to the U. S. sea to join the underseas ijleet . . which already has taken a terrific toll of Axis ships." The huge craft, slightly longer than a football field and dubbed by its builders "300 feet of Swiss watch," is a full fleet type submarine submarine which can cruise at sea months without returning to base for supplies. First of Ten The Peto was the first of 10 submarines ordered from the Manitowoc Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. and the submersible ever launched sideways sideways instead of stern-first. She was laid on the ways In June, launched April 30, 1942, and commissioned Nov. 21, 1942, The first, navy submarine to out of the cornbelt was built In i record time by thousands of I and women who a few months were farmers, lumberjacks, bar- , bers, housewives or ferry-boat | builders. The Peto, four other subs launched and five to come, was built on an assembly line similar to that used by Henry J. Kaiser his west coast"shipbuilding yards. The Peto was pre-fabricated in large factory' ln 16 sections that were laid on the ways by a crane. The sections were welded and riveted together, the deck conning tower welded into place and the ship launched. Complex mechanisms inside the underwater craft were added after the launching. launching.