Manitowoc măn˝ĭtəwŏk´ [key], industrial city (1990 pop. 32,520), seat of Manitowoc co., E Wis., a port of entry on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Manitowoc River inc. 1870. Its shipbuilding industry dates from 1847 submarines were made there in World War II. Among the city's varied manufactures are electrical and transportation equipment, malt, foods, toys, metal products, and yachts. The North West Company established a trading post on the site in 1795. Manitowoc and its twin city, Two Rivers , were founded in 1836. Silver Lake College of the Holy Family and a maritime museum are located in the city.

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