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Cod, Underway

The famed Gato-class fleet boat USS Cod (SS/AGSS/IXSS-224), who earned seven battle stars across the same number of War Patrols against the Japanese Empire, has been a lovingly cared-for museum ship in Cleveland since 1976.

Used as a training vessel for naval reservists on the Great Lakes during the Cold War, she was never given the common GUPPY modernizations that the rest of her class survivors got, and as such is the only World War II Fleet submarine that is still intact, with no stairways and doors cut into her pressure hull for public access.

That means she is still able to float and, although her screws and propulsion plant are quiet, she can be towed in open water, as proved by a recent trip to Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she was in hull maintenance drydocking.

While she has been in fresh water for most of her life, she still needed a lot of TLC, and this shot is after 40 years of marine growth has been removed.

With the torpedo shutters off

What a difference two months in dry dock makes!

She returned to her traditional Cleveland berth yesterday, aided in a 13-hour by the tug Manitou.

That’s not a view you see a lot of these days

Torpedo Tube Treasure Chest

The Gato-class fleet boat USS Cod (SS-224), which completed seven war patrols in WWII and was decommissioned in 1954 only to survive for another 15 years as an NRF training sub in Cleaveland, has been a museum ship there since 1976. Recently, the museum staff has managed to open her long-ago sealed forward torpedo tubes and a pair of outer doors in preparation for maintenance work.

It provides an interesting perspective shot, complete with an inert MK18:

They also found a series of wood crates and metal boxes stuffed inside the tubes that they think are parts and equipment that were stored there to reactivate and upgrade the tubes if Cod was returned to service.

A commenter who was around when the USS Batfish (SS-310) museum did a similar “untubing” in 2009 said the find wasn’t surprising as they discovered “a tube maintenance sled, block and tackle, and all the attachments for loading and unloading torpedoes into the tubes, as well as probably a half dozen miscellaneous torpedo room parts.”

More here. 

The colors inside the sardine can

When we see photos of submarine interiors from the WWII-era, there is a general monochrome aspect to them due to the B&W nature and washed out “copy of a copy” life span of such imagery.

Submarine officer sights through a periscope in the submarine’s control room, during training exercises at the Submarine Base, New London, Groton, Connecticut, in August 1943 80-G-K-16013

Well, the USS Cod Submarine Memorial has done the research and determined that the inside of a sub actually had a lot of colors, and are acting accordingly by painting their electrical control boxes gloss black, lockers gray, flashlight bins flat orange, and torpedo pyrotechnic casks red.

It seems that most of the remaining vessels passed into museum status after years as USNRF trainers in the 1950s and 60s, during which the old, “If it moves: salute it. If it doesn’t move: pick it up. If you can’t pick it up: paint it,” mantra came into play during drills and the only paint available was haze gray– so everything got a coat or seven.