U.S.S. Hawkbill (SS 366)

© Photographed August 22, 2015
Erected by The Manitowoc Company
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
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(SS 366)
Keel Laid 7 August 1943
Launched 9 January 1944
Commissioned 17 May 1944
On 29 August 1944 the U.S.S. HAWKBILL left Pearl Harbor to begin her first patrol. She sank a destroyed during her second patrol, and on her third patrol sank 2 submarine chasers and a cargo vessel. The HAWKBILL completed 5 patrols during which she was credited with sinking 5 vessels totalling 7,856 tons. She earned the Navy Unit Commendation during these patrols. On 21 April 1953 the HAWKBILL was transferred to the Netherlands where she served under the name, ZEELEUW.
The marker is located on the north bank of the Milwaukee River, on The Manitowoc County 28 Boat Memorial Walk, adjacent to the U.S.S. Cobia (a National Historic Landmark), at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, at 75 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220.

From modest beginnings in 1902 as a small shipbuilding and ship-repair company  in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, through two world wars building ships and submarines for the U.S. Navy, to today – a  global leader in cranes and foodservice equipment – The Manitowoc Company is here to stay. The vision of Manitowoc’s  founding fathers, coupled with its core values of Integrity, Commitment to Stakeholders, and Passion for Excellence,  have made Manitowoc a strong, respected organization throughout the world.  The Manitowoc team is Building Something Real for its customers, investors, employees, and partners with over 100 manufacturing, service, or distribution facilities in 20 countries. 

Publication compiled by Dan Ross’ history classes, Kewaskum High School, 2008

The U.S.S. Hawkbill (SS 366) marker is on the right.

Hawkbill (SS-366) splashes into the waters of the Manitowoc River
at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI., 9 January 1944.
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runs the length of the U.S.S. Cobia (visible in the background).

is located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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