The officers and men of Cubera hope that your visit with us will be interesting as well as enjoyable. We hope that you will ask us about our ship and our work. Submariners, although known as the "silent service", are anxious for you to know more about them and their submarines.
The information contained in this booklet is provided in order to make your stay both pleasant and informative. We hope that you will make yourself at home while on board.
|T. L. Shanahan
|M. D. Duke, Jr.
|W. G. Dean
Chief Electrician's Mate
Chief of the Boat
USS Cubera (SS347) is a submarine of the Guppy II type. She possesses high-capacity batteries, a snorkel system, and a streamlined hull, all of which differentiate her from the familiar submarines of the fleet type and add greatly to her underwater speed and endurance.
Cubera was converted to Guppy in 1947, becoming one of the first ships with greater underwater propulsive power.
After her conversion, Cubera was based in Key West, Florida, where she participated in training of both submarine and antisubmarine personnel. In July 1952 Cubera reported to Submarine Squadron Six in Norfolk, Virginia. operating in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
In May 1958 she became one of the original members of the new Task Group Alpha, the Navy's famous first antisubmarine force. Operating with Task Group Alpha until late October 1959, Cubera was part of a great development effort, building our knowledge and strength in antisubmarine warfare. She made a Mediterranean deployment from October 1960 through March 1961 followed by numerous antisubmarine exercises and training periods in the Western Atlantic. In November of 1963 Cubera again returned to Task Group Alpha.
Cubera's operations have been designed to train her crew in all phases of submarining in the constant effort to maintain our Navy strong and ready to protect our country.
Inner page of another version of the Cubby pamphlet showing the sub's compartments. Notice the error: a double listing of the 4-After Battery Compartment.
You can also see a reversed description of the Cubera fish as a bleed-through from the other side of the page during scanning. Here is a digitally enhanced/corrected version.
(Image courtesy of Steve Hough)
The cubera is a large fish found in tropical waters. It is also known as the Cuban snapper and is a member of the snapper family. The cubera is mostly gray. The average weight is between 30 and 60 pounds. This fish can be found in waters ranging from southern Florida to Brazil. A stout line, good leader, and lure bait are necessary for catching this giant.
USS Cubera (SS347) is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Thomas L. Shanahan. He graduated from Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, in June of 1951. Upon graduation he was commissioned and assigned to USS Robert H. McCard (DD822). In June of 1953 he reported to U. S. Submarine School, New London, Connecticut. Upon completion of this school he was assigned to USS Requin (SSR481) at Norfolk, Virginia. In 1955 he was assigned to USS Croaker (SSK246) at New London, Connecticut.
During the period August- November 1957 he attended the Regulus Missile Course at Dam Neck Virginia, upon completion of this course he was assigned to Guided Missile Unit #51 as Missile Officer, and served with that unit at Yorktown, Virginia, and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. In July 1959 LCDR Shanahan was transferred to USS Carbonero (SS337) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In June of 1960 he was assigned to the staff of Commander Submarine Squadron One, first as communications officer and subsequently as Operations Officer. He was detached from that duty in September 1961 and he returned to Norfolk to assume duties as Submarine Readiness Officer and Assistant Antisubmarine Warfare Readiness Officer on the staff of Commander in Chief, U. S. Atlantic Fleet. In July 1963, he reported to USS Runner (SS476) as Executive Officer, and served in that capacity until April 1964, when he was given command of Cubera.
LCDR Shanahan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah T. Shanahan of Turner Falls, Massachusetts and is married to the former Shirley Jane Workman of Silver Spring, Maryland and Hendersonville, North Carolina. The T. L. Shanahans presently reside at 1462 West Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
|LCDR R. W. Paine||June 1945 - March 1946|
|LCDR G. W. Grider||March 1946 - June 1947|
|CDR D. L. Melhap||June 1947 - July 1948|
|LCDR H. E. Davey||July 1948 - April 1949*|
|LCDR G. H. Reeves||April 1949 - July 1952*|
|LCDR H. S. Warren||July 1952 - July 1953|
|LCDR E. J. Hannon||July 1953 - July 1955|
|LCDR W. N. Dietzen||July 1955 - June 1957|
|LCDR J. J. Herzog||July 1957 - April 1959|
|LCDR H. R. Wilson||April 1959 - May 1960|
|LCDR R. B. White||May 1960 - August 1962|
|LCDR R. Boykin, Jr.||August 1962 - April 1964|
|LCDR T. L. Shanahan||April 1964-1965|
|CDR J. M. Stone||1966-1968|
|CDR J. J. Daigeneault Jr.||1968-1969|
|CDR R. E. Emery||~1970|
|CDR G. Sullivan||~1972|
* may be incorrect dates - I'm checking...