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COBIA, USS (Submarine)

Manitowoc, Wisconsin
County of Manitowoc.
809 S. 8th Street
National Register Number: 86000087
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Maritime: Vessel. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2004.
Congressional District: WI-6 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: State Memorial; www.wimaritimemuseum.org.
Web Site: dataplusnet.com/maritime/cobia.html.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 14, 1986):
Representative of the GATO class of submarines. Although not built by the Manitowoc Shipyards, she is symbolic of the great industrial achievement and effort of the people of Wisconsin toward the winning of World War II. She sank 13 Japanese ships, and earned four battle stars for her service. In 1970, the people of Wisconsin dedicated her as an International Memorial to submariners throughout the world.

The topside and the interior of the submarine have been repainted to 1945 specifications. Three of four main engines are now operational. All WWII radios and internal communication systems are operational. New emergency lighting has been installed in watertight compartrments. The motor order telegraph has been restored. The SJ radar has been restored and is believed to be the oldest operational radar in the world. The submarine recently passed the annual NAVSEA inspection, local fire department inspection, and liability insurance inspection. Planning is now underway to design and install a non-intrusive heating and A/C system that will not affect or harm the submarine's historic fabric.


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