Sunday, November 13, 2022

1987 10th Street Bridge over Manitowoc River in Manitowoc, WI

(Bridge Hunter; Satellite)

Bridge Hunter provides the date of 1987. That is rather recent. What was here before that?

Street View from 8th Street Bridge

J.R. Manning via BridgeHunter
This bridge is remotely operated by the bridge tender who also operates the 8th Street Bridge. The distance between the bridges is only 2 blocks, about 750 feet. Very large vessels often use this channel, and the remote control in the 8th Street Bridge gives the operator the ability to clearly see, and safely operate, both spans.

Photo by Robert Thompson via BridgeHunter, cropped
"Winter shot of bridge"

Austin Aparky Kortens posted (source)

1:45 video @ 0:48
The photo is by Claire Troullier and the reporter interviewed her.
The driver had time to finish crossing but froze when he heard the alarms and bells. There was no damage to the bridge and minor damage to the truck. It was labelled an embarrassing situation for the driver and no citations were issued.
So did the remote operator in the 8th Street Bridge control house see this truck on the bridge but decided the marine vehicle could not stop in time if he stopped raising the bridge? Or can't he tell if the bridge has traffic on it?
[I don't see the bridge, but I do know that Manitowoc Engineering made submarines during WWII.]
Submarine at 10th Street bridge
Rare "public picture" of a Manitowoc submarine. In a scene that was common in Manitowoc during the World War II years, this 4"x6" photograph shows a submarine with crewmen on deck heading west up the Manitowoc River, approaching the Tenth Street bridge. In the distance, the building with the flag is the Manitowoc Elks Club at 809 South Eighth Street. Beyond the submarine, the large white building with large smokestack adjacent is the Oriental Milling Company at 822-824 Quay Street. During World War II the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company built 28 submarines for the U.S. Navy. All underwent initial sea trials in Lake Michigan off Manitowoc, and they also left and re-entered the harbor many times for crew training, which included test firing of the deck guns, practice dives, and submerged approaches and simulated "attacks" on the car ferries that served Manitowoc. Wartime security prohibited the public from taking pictures at the shipyards or along the harbor and lakefront, so most images of Manitowoc submarines were official company or Navy photographs. However, the size and print quality of this photograph suggest that it was taken by a "civilian" in defiance of the rules. An incorrect identification on the back labels this as the "Pedo (sic) submarine," meaning the "Peto" (SS 265), which was the first of the 28 Manitowoc submarines. But this is not the "Peto." Based on the configuration of the deck guns and radar, and on the apparent time of year when the picture was taken, this vessel is most likely either the U.S.S. "Menhaden" (SS 377) or the U.S.S. "Mero" (SS 378). These were the last two submarines built in Manitowoc. Both would have been doing sea trials and training in 1945 - late in the war when the rules against private photography probably were eased.
[This would have been before 1926 because 8th Street got a trunnion bridge that year.]

Postcard The Medusa Challenger 10th Street Bridge Manitowoc Wisconsin

Pete N Vladdie posted
S.M.C. literally inching past 10th this am.
[It is having to plow through some ice. I'm sure it is servicing the St. Mary's Cement Terminal.]

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