Wisconsin’s First Submarine: The Raddatz Submarine

Wisconsin Submarines One of Wisconsin's major contributions to the war effort during the Second World War was the construction of fleet submarines. Starting in 1941 with the USS Peto (SS-265) Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company constructed 28 fleet submarines for the war. See also Wisconsin Built Subchasers. Initially, Manitowoc shipbuilding was tapped by the Navy to construct destroyers however, … Continue reading Wisconsin’s First Submarine: The Raddatz Submarine

The Continuing Search For The Lost Lightship LV-95/WAL-519

  This blog is an update on the research from the previous blog post,  Cape May's Missing Lightship. This post is going to detail my ongoing research into this lost lightship, wherein I slowly put the puzzle pieces together to find out what finally became of this ship. The Story So Far... I appeared on the … Continue reading The Continuing Search For The Lost Lightship LV-95/WAL-519

Phillips Submarine’s Part I

 "...And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth..." -Galadriel, The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring.  Separating Fact From Fiction Even though the quote is a common trope in fictional stories, it illustrates a common challenge with historical research. That in some cases there … Continue reading Phillips Submarine’s Part I

Cape May’s Missing Lightship WAL-519

I am currently looking for a missing ship, LV-95/WAL-519 Relief. This ship was a lightship meaning that it was essentially a mobile lighthouse that was sent to places where it was either too impractical or expensive to build a permanent light structure. The duty of these vessels was vitally important. WAL-519 was used as a relief lightship … Continue reading Cape May’s Missing Lightship WAL-519

Halloween on the Great Lakes: The Ghost Ship S.S. Bannockburn

The S.S. Bannockburn underway Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green University. Introduction  How does a legend develop? Where do the stories come from? The story of the S.S. Bannockburn remains an infamous tale of great lakes history blending both historical fact and paranormal legend. It’s a story that has been told and retold … Continue reading Halloween on the Great Lakes: The Ghost Ship S.S. Bannockburn