Sunday, April 2, 2017

Manitowoc Company

I recognize the name of Manitowoc as a manufacturer of submarines during World War II when I studied the swing bridges on the Sanitary and Ship Canal. Getting those submarines and other Navy war production down the canal required making the swing spans movable. Some sources said they added motors to the bridges while other sources say they just used boats and cables to move the spans. (Remember, the St. Lawrence Seaway was not opened until 1959.)

Manitowoc could not find a crane big enough to meet their ship building needs, so they engineered and built their own big cranes. [FacebookPosting] Since there was a market for big cranes, they changed their production output. I believe it was a Manitowoc crawler crane that was used to build the I-355 overpass over Ogden.

Before it made 28 submarines, Manitowoc was making other maritime equipment such as the big ferries used by the C&O's Pere Marquette. [Wikipedia]

For pictures of some of their bigger cranes, see Manitowoc's 31000 and Manitowoc's 4600 Stinger, 7000, 18000 and 21000.

Ben Stalvey posted
Blast from the past. From Manitowoc WI back in 1960. This slide might bring back memories for some of the locals. Checkout the Edward L Ryerson being constructed back in 1960. Look at the custom tip on the 4600. Looks to be a hammerhead tip even

Ben Stalvey posted
Where it all started here in Manitowoc WI
[I see another Abt Trunnion Bridge has been lost. According to Historic Aerials, it, and the swing bridge on the other side of the peninsula, were removed between 2010 and 2013. According to the 2005 SPV Map, this area was served by C&NW and what is left is owned by CN.] 
Ben Stalvey posted
Here is the are where Manitowoc Engineering Now known as Manitowoc Cranes was located.
Ben Stalvey posted again
Hans van Vliet W.W 2 picture I think? with al the Libertyships on the photograph.

Robert Nuke Thompson Hans: WWI, not WWII. The ships are real; the cranes are also real, and were used for years after they became obsolete. The steam whirleys were in operation until the late 1960s, and the electric bridge gantries were repurposed to service the steel racks, and were used until the 1990s.

Arthur Zuehlke Thanks Ben. Shipbuilding was the main show in the day. Cranes were a sideline then.What eventually became the 4100 was developed to help build the subs and other boats built there in WWII.

Arthur Zuehlke Robert ...also remember the steam Whirleys. My wife's grandfather Ben Reed ran one for some years.

Ben Stalvey commented on the above posting
How the area looked prior to when Manitowoc Cranes moved to the new South Works plant in Manitowoc WI.
Robert Nuke Thompson Probably early 1970's. The McMyler steam cranes have been replaced with a single gantry-mounted 3900, the electric bridge gantries have been moved to service the steel racks, and the floating drydock has been moved to Sturgeon Bay.
Manitowoc is moving the manufacturing of its crawler cranes to Shady Grove, PA. I have not been able to determine if anything else is manufactured in Wisconsin. Or if the town will be left with just paper-pushing (keyboard-pounding) jobs. Now the Wisconsin facility is for sale. The fact that the offer includes "corporate office space" makes one wonder about the retention of headquarters and engineering in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, it is a link to a closed group, but I want to save Ben's history and photos about the shipbuilding, which was moved to Sturgeon Bay WI in 1972. In 2008 the whole shipbuilding and marine division was sold off.

The peninsula is still used for heavy industry. One product is windmill towers and I have seen pictures of them being loaded on a barge. So they still take advantage of the peninsula's access to the Great Lakes.
Ben Stalvey posted
Just look at all them cranes how it use to be in Manitowoc WI.
Robert Nuke Thompson The three McMyler steam cranes are still by the floating drydock, and the bridge gantries are still in use at the cement plant and the powerplant.
Yeah, that's old.
Reuben Zimmer Before Shipbuilding moved out

Ben Stalvey posted
This is the same island where Manitowoc Engineering now known as Manitowoc Crane got started. In Manitowoc WI
[Actually, I think it was a peninsula instead of an island.]
Ben Stalvey posted
Blast from the past. The area where Manitowoc Engineering use to be located. Along the Manitowoc River in Manitowoc WI. This shot was taken in 1956. LOL I was born in 1983 so before my time/

Ben Stalvey posted
The way Manitowocs used to be hauled out of Manitowoc WI. Checkout this 4600 being barged out
Ben Stalvey posted
1968 picture of Manitowoc Engineering
Ben Stalvey reposted
Gabriel Gene Great pic. I remember runny around inside the "blue castle" when i was a kid and it being fully staffed. Also when most of the floors were cleared out after the move to southworks.
Ben Stalvey posted
A piece of a TBM [Tunnel Boring Machine] built in the 1980s.
Ben Stalvey commented on his posting
Tom Burkart It is part of a press that's was built for the auto industry. It was hauled by a company called Press Express
Ben Stalvey posted
Derik Wolfe dug up some stuff for you man. Chicago bridge and Iron used a 5 drum Manitowoc model 560 hoist for this derrick crane. Located in Memphis Tennessee. you can see it in the first picture on here lifting a 750 ton nuclear reactor. Manitowoc also built this transporter in the pictures below.
Ben Stalvey commented on his above posting
 Info on this job

Ben Stalvey posted
Blast from the past. So how well do you know your Manitowocs??????? This barge was built by Manitowoc Shipbuilding. Manitowoc Engineering supplied the crane which was fitted on it later. Does anyone know who's this was or what model Manitowoc went on it???????
David Cannon 4600
Ben Stalvey commented on his above posting
Here it is finished
Ben Stalvey posted two photos with the comment: "It took Manitowocs to build Manitowocs. This was a shot of construction of Manitowoc Engineering. Along the Manitowoc River."


Ben Stalvey posted two photos with the comment: "Here are a few shots of the construction of Edward Ryerson in Manitowoc WI at Manitowoc Shipbuilding. Checkout the tip on that 3900."


Mark Goodrich commented on Ben's posting
Ben Stalvey posted
Manitowoc 3900 hard at work lifting a section of a World War II Gato Class Submarine for Manitowoc Shipbuilding.
David Guarino Double lift.
Jeff Young He's pick n carry
Ben Stalvey posted
[Note that the big ship on the left side is in a dry dock. The company started as a ship (submarines during WWII) building company. They started building cranes because they could not find ones built by others that were big enough to handle what they needed done to build the ships.]
Ben Stalvey posted
Construction of the massive Manitowoc Sea Crane boom in Manitowoc WI
Ben Stalvey commented on his posting
Here is the Sea Crane complete
Matt Tuomala How long ago was that built? Who did they build it for?Ben StalveyGroup Admin Matt Tuomala 1969Jim Kratzer With all that crane to look at, you almost miss the helicopter about to land.Ben StalveyGroup Admin A 3900 also on board as a assist craneBen StalveyGroup Admin Tetra Heavy lift owns it nowWilliam Platou Might check, but I Remember this 600 seacrane boom being built at Todd Shipyards in Houston..
Ben Stalvey posted two photos with the comment: "The good old assembly days down at Manitowoc Engineering."
Reuben Zimmer It’s hard to believe how many cranes rolled out the doors I those days.we shipped more cranes and attachments in a Month. Than they do in a year.


Ben Stalvey posted
The good old days of loading out a Manitowoc by rail. A 4100 with hammerhead top.
Chuck Tadych In 1969 to 1976 I saw this many times!!!

Neil Dhein posted
Hey Ben Staley, look what I found...
Neil commented on his posting
Ben StalveyGroup Admin Manitowoc debarking machine
Steve Khail Manitowoc made mechanical debarkers, large barking drums, and chain flails.
Bubba Roberts I believe that's a ring debarker. The whole debarking division, ring, flail and the drums, were all sold in about 1993.
Ben StalveyGroup Admin Randall Hughes Manitowoc also made tunnel boring machines, kilns, presses even for the automotive industry

Ben Stalvey commented on Neil's posting
Here is part of the TBM being hauled away.
Frank K Messercola They also make ice machines for hotels and restaurants.
John Hopkins Manitowoc Food Service is now Welbilt and headquartered in Florida. It is no longer associated with the Manitowoc Company but rather a separate publicly traded company.
Thomas Catras We had a Manitowoc ice machine behind the bar at our old union hall. Louder than a 4600. Business manager used to demand it be unplugged during union meetings.

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Meacham has a couple of photos from when Manitowoc was still building boats here including the first side launch of a submarine.

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