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Gallery 2 - The Early Years

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Public domain and from Al Conner:


Launch day, June 17, 1945, Groton Connecticut. Note the temporary covering where the forward tubes will be installed later in dry-dock.Launch day, June 17, 1945, Groton Connecticut. Note the temporary covering where the forward tubes will be installed later in dry-dock.

The 1940s ’Disney’ patch with bikini girl.The 1940s ’Disney’ patch with bikini girl.

Cubera’s launch christening by Mrs. John Taber, June 17th, 1945 - courtesy Dave Berry.Cubera’s launch christening by Mrs. John Taber, June 17th, 1945 - courtesy Dave Berry.


Original configuration with her two 5in/25 guns on deck and 40mm guns on fairwater ’cigarette’ sponsons.Original configuration with her two 5in/25 guns on deck and 40mm guns on fairwater ’cigarette’ sponsons.


Looking down the barrel of the forward 5in/25 gun.Looking down the barrel of the forward 5in/25 gun.

Shot of CUBERA’s pre-GUPPY bow at sea in about 1946, showing the forward 40MM bridge antiaircraft gun barrel and sight. The forward 5-inch/25 gun is hidden below the front of the bridge coaming.Shot of CUBERA’s pre-GUPPY bow at sea in about 1946, showing the forward 40MM bridge antiaircraft gun barrel and sight. The forward 5-inch/25 gun is hidden below the front of the bridge coaming.

Al Conner on the after deck, ready for liberty ashore, 1946.Al Conner on the after deck, ready for liberty ashore, 1946.


’Here is a photo from my father’s photo album - he served on the USS Cubera during WWII. James Wilson Stapleton - he is the 3rd from left in white uniform.’ -- Carol McArthur, 2017’Here is a photo from my father’s photo album - he served on the USS Cubera during WWII. James Wilson Stapleton - he is the 3rd from left in white uniform.’ -- Carol McArthur, 2017


"I was onboard in 1947 when we transferred to the Philadelphia Navy Yard to be converted to a GUPPY. I lost my lovely top side guns. The Cubera was the first fleet sub converted into the GUPPY class. I have seen a number of GUPPY sails and I think the Cubera’s was the best, it was welded aluminum with no overlapping seams. I think they did such a good job her to ensure they would continue with all the later GUPPY conversions. It took five months and I was in my home town!" -- Al Conner"I was onboard in 1947 when we transferred to the Philadelphia Navy Yard to be converted to a GUPPY. I lost my lovely top side guns. The Cubera was the first fleet sub converted into the GUPPY class. I have seen a number of GUPPY sails and I think the Cubera’s was the best, it was welded aluminum with no overlapping seams. I think they did such a good job her to ensure they would continue with all the later GUPPY conversions. It took five months and I was in my home town!" -- Al Conner


Original position of the lookout stands. Taken from the aft cigarette deck. Note the 12in searchlight mounted above the target bearing transmitter (TBT). The TBT was moved forward to the bridge during GUPPY conversion in 1947.Original position of the lookout stands. Taken from the aft cigarette deck. Note the 12in searchlight mounted above the target bearing transmitter (TBT). The TBT was moved forward to the bridge during GUPPY conversion in 1947.

CUBERA steaming slowly near Philadelphia Shipyard in 1947 after GUPPY conversion. Note the tree branch floating by in the foreground.CUBERA steaming slowly near Philadelphia Shipyard in 1947 after GUPPY conversion. Note the tree branch floating by in the foreground.

Those at the launch received a ’plank’ like this to commemorate the occasion.Those at the launch received a ’plank’ like this to commemorate the occasion.


Stamp covers volunteered courtesy of Ronny Saxe, a Belgian collector.


CUBERA Nostalgia: U.S. Postal stamp covers. This one commemorates the keel laying in 1944.CUBERA Nostalgia: U.S. Postal stamp covers. This one commemorates the keel laying in 1944.

CUBERA’s launch announcement stamp cover.CUBERA’s launch announcement stamp cover.

CUBERA’s commissioning announcement stamp cover.CUBERA’s commissioning announcement stamp cover.



 

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