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USS Cod to Get a Massive Oil Change from PetroLiance Oil

USS Cod to Get a Massive Oil Change so it Can Fire Up the Engines and Show off, but not Shove off, on Labor Day

By (author with on August 23, 2013
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If you want to see a wonder of American workmanship and an example of the country's military heritage in action on Labor Day, don't look up. Look to the lake.

A federal budget squeeze has grounded the air show. But a "lake show" -- a one-man show, really -- is set to take its place. The 1943-built USS Cod submarine, docked in Cleveland near the U.S. Coast Guard Station and Burke Lakefront Airport, will show off, but not shove off, when it cranks up its Cleveland-made engines and fires its 5-inch deck gun hourly.

It's billed as a salute to the American workers who built the World War II sub 70 years ago.

And it will happen with a belly full of fresh oil, thanks to Westerville-based PetroLiance. The Cod's oil is contaminated with water. A drain-and-replace is required before ignition.

"We are proud to help Cod get her engines running again," said PetroLiance regional VP Jim McClellan. It amounts to about a $10,000 donation, said Paul Farace, director of the Cod memorial.

The massive oil change is set to begin Saturday (August 24). Oil will be drained from the sumps of the submarine's engines and about 500 gallons of fresh oil will be pumped in to allow the 16-cylinder, 20-ton diesel engines to operate.

If you want to get a closer look at the Cod, the sub is open to visitors daily May 1 to September 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Adults: $10, Seniors: $9, Veterans: $6 and students up to high school seniors are free with an adult.)