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Lockport Area Genealogical
& Historical Society

Preserving the past is our 'present' to the future!

Thank you for visiting LAGHS

Our site is dedicated to preserving the history of our great town, Lockport, Illinois, so that future generations can enjoy our heritage as we have. Here you can find historical documents and pictures relating to Lockport's rich history.

Early view of canal in Lockport Il.
View of lock number one in lockport il.view of grain building in lockport il.


Please join us for LAGHS next meeting!

Submarines in Lockport

Date: Saturday September 17

 Time: 10:30 am

In 1940, the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in Wisconsin was commissioned to construct submarines by the U. S. Navy for use in WWII.
The subs were tested in Lake Michigan and were determined fit for service. The question then —how to get the subs from Lake Michigan to sea? The St. Lawrence Seaway had not been opened yet.
The Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, the engineering marvel constructed 40 years before the war, was the answer. The subs had a draft of 15 feet, and the Chicago River and Sanitary Canal could well handle that. 
The Submarine Veterans of Northern IL will present an informative program on exactly how the submarines made their way from Manitowac WI out to sea.

White Oak Library - Lockport

2nd Floor Meeting Room

Attendance is free. Public is invited.