USS Cod Became A Floating Museum 45 Years Ago

(Cleveland) - On this date in 1976, the USS Cod, now the last working World War II US Navy submarine, became a floating museum in Cleveland's harbor.

The Cod was launched in 1943, and carried out seven patrols during the war in the Pacific Ocean. The Cod sunk the first Japanese destroyer during World War II. After the war, the Cod took part in NATO training exercises in the Atlantic Ocean. In 1959, the Cod was towed through the St. Lawrence Seaway to Cleveland, to serve as a training vessel. It served as a training vessel until 1971, and the Cod was decommissioned.

In 1976, the Navy turned over the ship to a group of Clevelanders who wanted to save the Cod as a memorial to those who served on it and similar subs during World War II. The ship became a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

In the spring of 2021, plans are for the Cod to be towed to a shipyard in Erie, Pennsylvania. While in dry dock, the Cod will get some much needed repairs, as the ship has begun to take on water. The Cod will then return to Cleveland. It usually open for public tours during the summer.

This drone video shows the ship from above.

(Photo from YouTube video)

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