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tankgeezer
08-14-2007, 10:09 AM
About an hour north of my town is Manitowoc Wisconsin, where boat and ship building have been part of the local industry for a very long time. Located on Lake Michigan, The yards produced among other things the Submarine Cobia. A Gato class Fleet sub, and one of 28 produced there.
The Cobia completed 6 patrols, sinking 13 Japanese ships totalling about 20.000 tons. Lauched in late 1943, by mid 44' it had made a name for itself by attacking, and sinking several key ships in a convoy sailing to strengthen the Japanese garrison at Iwo-Jima. One of those ships carried a unit of 28 tanks, and crews,the other a troop transport. A feat the Marines who later attacked Iwo considered vital to their taking of the island.
In the 6 patrols of the Cobia, only one crewman was lost.
I will be adding to the text of this post, so check back, and naturally i have some pics, so enjoy. - Raspenau -

Panzerknacker
08-14-2007, 07:14 PM
Nice pictures, if are a litle bigger would be better.:)

tankgeezer
08-14-2007, 11:55 PM
Nice pictures, if are a litle bigger would be better.:) Thank you my friend. I dont know if I can find any larger versions, but I can always take a ride up there and shoot some myself. I'll have to resize them as my film format usually gives a 4 to 5 MB file size per image. I toured the boat some years ago, and it is by comparison to the U-505 in Chicago, luxurious. Although it isnt cleared for sea, or diving, the engines will run.(or at least did when I was there,,,)I'll see about going up there in a week or so if i cant find some larger images.

tankgeezer
08-15-2007, 06:17 PM
Here is another pic, a bit larger P.K. last year, when it was being painted.

Panzerknacker
08-15-2007, 06:56 PM
Now we are talking, danke. :rolleyes:

tankgeezer
08-15-2007, 08:59 PM
Now we are talking, danke. :rolleyes: Bitte meine Herr.:D