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Open for tours every day from May 1 to September 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this seasonal attraction is the only remaining U.S. WWII fleet submarine that has not been modified to accommodate tours. Visitors must enter and exit the ship using the original hatchways and ladders.
The U.S.S. Cod is located on Cleveland's lakefront at 1034 North Marginal Road ((216) 566-8770), a short, one block walk east of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. There is a modest admission charge, but the Cod is free to children under 6, military in uniform, and to the wives and children of active duty submariners.
Limited free parking is available at the Cod's site. A more extensive parking lot is available east of the Cod at Burke Lakefront Airport.
Actually being enclosed in the ship's hull, visitors can better imagine the experiences of the men of the Silent Service who fought the ship with a courage and deadly efficiency worthy of a Hollywood movie:
<<It was on Cod's third patrol, Dempsey's last in command, that Cod fought her biggest battle. Tracking a massive Japanese convoy heading for Subic Bay in the Philippines on the night of May 10, 1944, Cod maneuvered into firing position just after sunrise. Cod fired three of her four stern tubes at the Japanese destroyer Karukaya before unloading all six of her bow tubes at two columns of cargo ships and troop transports. Dempsey watched as the first torpedo exploded under the destroyer's bridge after a short, 26 second run. Both smoke stacks collapsed and dozens of enemy sailors (watching for submarines) were tossed high into the air. The enemy ship started to sag in the middle, with both bow and stern rising, just as the second torpedo hit near the main mast causing the whole rear half of the Karukaya to disintegrate.
A minute later, all six of Cod's bow shots hit targets among the columns of enemy ships. Cod submerged to her 300-foot test depth and ran at her top underwater speed of 8.5 knots [about 10 mph] for 10 minutes to clear the firing point, which was clearly marked by the white wakes of Cod's steam-powered torpedoes. The high-speed run had to be kept to 10 minutes to preserve as much of the submarine's electric battery as possible for later evasive maneuvers. The firing point was quickly saturated with aircraft bombs and depth charges dropped by enemy escort ships. Between the explosions of enemy depth charges, Cod's sonar operators could hear the sounds of several Japanese ships breaking up and the distinct firecracker sound of an ammunition ship's cargo exploding. Cod's own firecracker show soon followed: a barrage of more than 70 Japanese depth charges shook Cod in less than 15 minutes. After 12 hours submerged Cod surfaced 25 miles away from the attack area in the midst of a heavy night thunderstorm.>>
-- From "A brief history of the U.S.S. COD" by Paul Farace, curator