USS Cod & Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Trip Start Jul 07, 2012
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I headed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum today. The USS Cod, a WW II-era submarine, is docked a short distance away. After finding parking, I headed for the sub first.
The USS Cod is the third U.S. WW II-era submarine I've toured. The first was the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, which is a Balao-class sub built in 1943. Next was the USS Requin in Pittsburgh just a few days ago, which is a Tench-class sub built in 1944. The USS Cod is a Gato-class sub built in 1942, making it the oldest of the three. The three sub classes differed in performance but the differences aren't readily apparent when you tour the subs.
One noticable difference isn't due to the subs being from different classes. The people who maintain the USS Cod have decided to keep it in as close to original condition as possible. For this reason, the hatches that you use to enter and exit the sub are just as they were when they were in use. This makes the USS Cod much harder to enter and exit than the other two. It also makes it the only sub where it is still possible to load torpedoes through the original torpedo loading hatches since they've been turned into staircases on all the other subs available for tours. I believe they sometimes have demonstrations of the torpedo loading procedure.
This is the sixth submarine I've toured. I obviously find them interesting so it shouldn't be a surprise that I enjoyed seeing this one but I can understand subs not being for everyone. That's especially true of this one for people with mobility problems since it is harder than most to enter and exit.
After touring the USS Cod I headed over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. It's in a large glass pyramid along the lakefront a short distance from the sub. There are a few large guitar sculptures around the plaza in front of the builting that match others I've seen on the sidewalks of Cleveland.
I was under the impression that the museum contained mostly rock and roll memorabilia. While they do have a lot of memorabilia, they have lots of more interesting and informative displays. They are particularly good when it comes to information about the precursors and early days of rock and roll. I wandered around the museum until I got kicked out at closing time. I enjoyed the museum much more than I thought I would.