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USS COBIA Maintenance and Preservation Endowment

Moored in the Manitowoc River, adjacent to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, World War II fleet submarine USS Cobia (SS-245) is a National Historic Landmark. Cobia is a memorial to all submariners and an icon of Wisconsin's shipbuilding heritage.  Built by Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut, Cobia, a Gato-class submarine, is nearly identical to the 28 submarines built by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company from 1941 to 1945.

The submarine is one of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum's major exhibits, open to the public for guided tours and a variety of overnight programs. Restored to her original 1945 configuration, Cobia is maintained as a memorial, not only to the men who served aboard her and "Manitowoc's Freshwater Submarines," but to all submariners.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum has established the USS Cobia Maintenance and Preservation Endowment to maintain and preserve the submarine in its original 1945 configuration.  Historic preservation and restoration is a never ending job for any historic site, but it is especially important for historic vessels in water.  Time and the elements are not kind to ships and USS Cobia is no exception.

If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to the USS Cobia Maintenance and Preservation Endowment, please visit Contribute.

To learn more about USS Cobia or the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, visit

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