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The USS Cod Submarine Memorial has sat on Cleveland’s lakefront since it first arrived in 1959.
The USS Cod Submarine Memorial has sat on Cleveland’s lakefront since it first arrived in 1959. (Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer/TNS)

CLEVELAND (Tribune News Service) — The USS Cod, a submarine which has sat on Cleveland’s lakefront since it first arrived in 1959, struck a moored U.S. Coast Guard vessel Sunday morning while it was being towed to Pennsylvania for maintenance.

The allision happened about 11:30 a.m., a press release from the Coast Guard’s 9th District says. The submarine was being towed by a vessel called Manitou and struck the USCG Morro Bay, an icebreaking tugboat stationed in Cleveland.

The Morro Bay sustained superficial damage to the hull and its superstructure, the news release says. It’s unclear if the Cod sustained any damage.

The submarine was heading to Erie, Pa., for maintenance, though the Coast Guard did not specify what kind of maintenance the USS Cod required. The USS Cod celebrated its diamond jubilee — 60 years on Cleveland’s lakefront — in 2019.

The allision between the Cod and the Morro Bay is under investigation by the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit.

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