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Plumb, Ralph Gordon / A history of Manitowoc County

Chapter VI. Marine,   pp. [55]-84 PDF (9.7 MB)

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Situated as it is upon the lake, one of the most import-
ant phases of Manitowoc county history is that of its harbors,
lake commerce and transportation facilities. This is particu-
larly true in regard to the city of Manitowoc, since it may be
said in all truth that its position on the lake has enabled the
town to become the thriving center it now is, and how impor-
tant has been the result of this natural and advantageous
outlet upon the back country is beyond calculation.  The
subject of marine history, as taken up in this chapter, natur-
ally subdivides itself in the following subheads:-Harbor de-
velopment, transportation facilities and shipbuilding and
marine disasters. This line of division, then, will be fol-
There are within the county two harbors, those of Mani-
towoc and Two Rivers.  Besides these two other points)
Two Creeks and Centerville, capable of limited development,
have undergone some improvement under private initiative.
Chief among all, of course, in natural advantage is that of
Manitowoc, situated, as it is, about eighty miles north of
Milwaukee in the recesses of a wide and deep bay, offering
safe anchorage without artificial protection and occupying a
position where boats from the lower lakes begin to near the
shore. Its natural advantages were early recognized and
there is no doubt that even in the early thirties schooners
sought shelter in the bay. That the reputation of the har-
bor was good from the first, is attested by an extract from a
letter written to the New York Courier and Express in 1865
as follows: "I was told last August on my approach to this
place, by an old and experiened navigator of the lakes, Cap-

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