Future assured for USS Cod Submarine Memorial

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Aerial photo of Cod was taken by Scott Medlong (www.medlong.com)

Aerial photo of Cod was taken by Scott Medlong (www.medlong.com)

Cleveland, Ohio, officials have assured representatives of a World War II vintage submarine memorial that it will continue to be a valued part of the city's lakefront.

Paul Farace, director of the USS Cod Submarine Memorial, said he has wondered about the impact of a proposed office complex on city-owned property where the sub is docked. Memorial representatives met city officials last week and were assured that it is held in high esteem. However, Farace noted he was asked to be open to the possibility of moving the memorial elsewhere on the lakefront.

The Cod, which sank 15 Japanese ships during World War II, came to Cleveland in 1959 as a Navy Reserve training vessel. When the Navy decommissioned the sub in 1972 and announced plans to scrap it, a local "Save the Cod" campaign was launched and the memorial created in 1976.

The National Historic Landmark draws many of its 25,000 annual visitors from people who park at Burke Lakefront Airport and spot the sub while walking to the nearby Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Cod pays the city $375 a year to rent a 25-car parking lot along the 312-foot dock where the Cod is berthed.

The USS Cod is open for visitors May 1-Sept. 30. Visit www.usscod.org to learn more.

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