CLEVELAND – A hidden Cleveland gem has returned after a two-month trip across Lake Erie to Erie, Pa., Where it underwent restoration work. News 5 dove deep into the USS Cod submarine, which has sunk more than 12 enemy ships, to get a better idea of how lucky Cleveland is to have it.
“It was like seeing your submarine for the first time. Seeing the cod in dry dock was absolutely amazing,” USS Cod Curator Evan Cerne-Iannone said of his return to the shores of Lake Erie. .
Cerne-Iannone said changes are constantly being made to the WWII submarine to improve the visitor experience.
“We are a hidden gem because the USS Cod is the only American WWII submarine that still retains its WWII configuration,” Cerne-Iannone said of the submarine that featured on our 100 Cleveland Hidden Gems.
Aside from the docking in Cleveland, the submarine has a deep local connection. Its five diesel generators were built on the city’s West Side by General Motors.
If you want to get a taste of what it was like to board an American submarine during WWII, a visit to the USS Cod is a must.
“It’s important for us to keep Cod exactly as it was in 1945 because I think that’s really what attracts people. The immersive experience, ”said Paul Farace, USS Skipper.
A tangible piece of WWII history moored in Cleveland’s North Shore Harbor serves as a reminder to all Americans.
“Our biggest mission, therefore, is to remind Americans that their freedom is not free. I hope that going on board brings you back to that time and you start to appreciate what Americans have, ”said Farace.
This hidden gem of CLE is a tangible piece of WWII history
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