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Gallery 3 - The 60s

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Contributed by Al Sabatino:


CUBERA&rsquo;s brow (gangway) in 1964.CUBERA’s brow (gangway) in 1964.

The other side of the brow canvas, with a cartoon of the beach ball we retrieved from the Atlantic after passing through Hurricane Cleo in 1964.The other side of the brow canvas, with a cartoon of the beach ball we retrieved from the Atlantic after passing through Hurricane Cleo in 1964.

Ships brig? No, just Spears and Don Waits below the superstructure, either studying for qualifications, painting, or maintaining bow boyancy tank vent gear... or caught hiding.Ships brig? No, just Spears and Don Waits below the superstructure, either studying for qualifications, painting, or maintaining bow boyancy tank vent gear... or caught hiding.


Al Sabatino, writing off duty in the Forward Torpedo Room. Notice the crew bunks between the torpedoes on either side of him. About 1963.Al Sabatino, writing off duty in the Forward Torpedo Room. Notice the crew bunks between the torpedoes on either side of him. About 1963.

Barry Vines and Al Sabatino in the Fwd Torpedo Rm, below the lower escape trunk hatch.Barry Vines and Al Sabatino in the Fwd Torpedo Rm, below the lower escape trunk hatch.

Forward Torpedo Room showing stainless steel flags indicating one practice fish loaded in Tube 1(top starboard tube), and a lethal fish in Tube 2(top tube on the port side).Forward Torpedo Room showing stainless steel flags indicating one practice fish loaded in Tube 1(top starboard tube), and a lethal fish in Tube 2(top tube on the port side).


A sailor sleeping with cold death in "Tubes Forward". An electric "fish" lies strapped into its skid beside him and below another bunk, portside just ahead of the sonar shack, visible in the back. The crew&rsquo;s breathable net bunk bags (center) held shaving kits, books and other personal items.A sailor sleeping with cold death in "Tubes Forward". An electric "fish" lies strapped into its skid beside him and below another bunk, portside just ahead of the sonar shack, visible in the back. The crew’s breathable net bunk bags (center) held shaving kits, books and other personal items.

Radioman Jack Roan relaxes (or studies?) with a book in the forward torpedo room, about 1963.Radioman Jack Roan relaxes (or studies?) with a book in the forward torpedo room, about 1963.

Topside watch(Yeoman Charley Murray) in port. Looking aft, two of the four mooring lines are visible, and are "doubled up" or stretched twice to the boat she&rsquo;s moored to. No. 2 line is first here, with No. 3 farther back and "spring" lines in between form a stable "X" pattern to prevent the boat from drifting fore and aft with the tidal currents. The after engine room and after torpedo room hatches are open this fine day. Note the square, Portsmouth-style sail windows converted from the original round ones during a post-1947 yard refit.Topside watch(Yeoman Charley Murray) in port. Looking aft, two of the four mooring lines are visible, and are "doubled up" or stretched twice to the boat she’s moored to. No. 2 line is first here, with No. 3 farther back and "spring" lines in between form a stable "X" pattern to prevent the boat from drifting fore and aft with the tidal currents. The after engine room and after torpedo room hatches are open this fine day. Note the square, Portsmouth-style sail windows converted from the original round ones during a post-1947 yard refit.


Control room, looking aft over the table under which stood the main gyro. Firecontrolman Gibbons in the teeshirt needs a shave. Behind him on the periscope well is the ladder leading up to the conning tower.Control room, looking aft over the table under which stood the main gyro. Firecontrolman Gibbons in the teeshirt needs a shave. Behind him on the periscope well is the ladder leading up to the conning tower.

Running surfaced at sea. A practice fish secured on deck is visible through the deadlight (window) and windshield protecting this officer from the Atlantic chill. The oval hole in the foredeck leads to the escape trunk door where crew returned below after retrieving the fish, fired during practice excercizes.Running surfaced at sea. A practice fish secured on deck is visible through the deadlight (window) and windshield protecting this officer from the Atlantic chill. The oval hole in the foredeck leads to the escape trunk door where crew returned below after retrieving the fish, fired during practice excercizes.

Moored between USS ARGONAUT (SS-475) and USS SIRAGO (SS-485), I believe. Moored side-by-side like this, subs were said to be in a "nest"Moored between USS ARGONAUT (SS-475) and USS SIRAGO (SS-485), I believe. Moored side-by-side like this, subs were said to be in a "nest"


Below contributed by Carl Daniel


Carl Daniel aboard CUBERA, aft engine room looking aft (1960) "I think we had a swim call, then Capt. Herzog got movies of the Cobbler diving and surfacing as we ran alongside. Then we had a failed attempt at a &rsquo;battle surface&rsquo;. The way I remember events the DO was supposed to blow main ballasts while the planesmen held the ship at periscope depth until it started to rise and then pop the planes to full up. Apparently the planesmen went to full dive before the tanks had any effect - we went down to some ??? depth and by the time the DO got the planes to full up we were at a 47+ degree ??? up-angle. I remember the attempt to get the planes back to the dive position but it was too little, too late. I had been relieved at the helm and was in the crews mess - ended up with 20 or so gallons of chicken noodle soup all over me. The soup went all the way back to the foreward engine room bulkhead, and some mercury spilled out of the main gyro in the control room. The picture tells the rest of the story. (Note the planes are still at full dive!)" --Carl DanielCarl Daniel aboard CUBERA, aft engine room looking aft (1960) "I think we had a swim call, then Capt. Herzog got movies of the Cobbler diving and surfacing as we ran alongside. Then we had a failed attempt at a ’battle surface’. The way I remember events the DO was supposed to blow main ballasts while the planesmen held the ship at periscope depth until it started to rise and then pop the planes to full up. Apparently the planesmen went to full dive before the tanks had any effect - we went down to some ??? depth and by the time the DO got the planes to full up we were at a 47+ degree ??? up-angle. I remember the attempt to get the planes back to the dive position but it was too little, too late. I had been relieved at the helm and was in the crews mess - ended up with 20 or so gallons of chicken noodle soup all over me. The soup went all the way back to the foreward engine room bulkhead, and some mercury spilled out of the main gyro in the control room. The picture tells the rest of the story. (Note the planes are still at full dive!)" --Carl Daniel

CUBERA does the USS DALLAS thing... "Your memories of the affair are accurate, though I think we were with our TG ALPHA buddy, the SEA LEOPARD. The plan was as you recall it. I forget which young officer had the dive. When the order was given, all main ballast was blown evenly, we went to full ahead and the planes were to go to dive to hold her down using speed. The D.O. jumped the gun and ordered full dive before the blow had any effect, thus we began to plane down sharply. However, since we were at periscope depth when we started, we really didn&rsquo;t get much below 100 ft before the blow made her very light. By this time, trying to correct, the D.O. had ordered full rise, and she swung up and headed for the surface in a hurry. I&rsquo;ve always remembered the angle as 47 - 47.5. Since we were so light and moving so fast we just splashed down like that whale in the TV ads, without dropping sternwards to any degree. I guess that the D.O. ordered full dive again during the ascent, trying to correct the angle. Battle surface was from the old days of deck guns, to make quick attacks on small surface ships. While our battle surface wouldn&rsquo;t have been any good for getting guncrews on deck quickly, it sure might have scared hell out of the target! Those were good old days with Captain Herzog. He was always thinking and figuring new ways to do things. Remember our &rsquo;Famous First&rsquo; sub refueling from alongside the carrier Valley Forge, or the strange, mortar-like housing aft on the turtle back for his floating antenna buoy? I remember him getting me fired up to try navigating by instant midnight star sights taken on a quick 5 or 10 minute surface during some big exercise. I learned a lot from him." --Ted CurtinCUBERA does the USS DALLAS thing... "Your memories of the affair are accurate, though I think we were with our TG ALPHA buddy, the SEA LEOPARD. The plan was as you recall it. I forget which young officer had the dive. When the order was given, all main ballast was blown evenly, we went to full ahead and the planes were to go to dive to hold her down using speed. The D.O. jumped the gun and ordered full dive before the blow had any effect, thus we began to plane down sharply. However, since we were at periscope depth when we started, we really didn’t get much below 100 ft before the blow made her very light. By this time, trying to correct, the D.O. had ordered full rise, and she swung up and headed for the surface in a hurry. I’ve always remembered the angle as 47 - 47.5. Since we were so light and moving so fast we just splashed down like that whale in the TV ads, without dropping sternwards to any degree. I guess that the D.O. ordered full dive again during the ascent, trying to correct the angle. Battle surface was from the old days of deck guns, to make quick attacks on small surface ships. While our battle surface wouldn’t have been any good for getting guncrews on deck quickly, it sure might have scared hell out of the target! Those were good old days with Captain Herzog. He was always thinking and figuring new ways to do things. Remember our ’Famous First’ sub refueling from alongside the carrier Valley Forge, or the strange, mortar-like housing aft on the turtle back for his floating antenna buoy? I remember him getting me fired up to try navigating by instant midnight star sights taken on a quick 5 or 10 minute surface during some big exercise. I learned a lot from him." --Ted Curtin


"This post merely augments the excellent descriptions of the Battle Surface event written by Carl Daniel and Ted Curtin. And incidentally, it would be characteristic of our fine Exec to have &rsquo;forgotten&rsquo; the name of this unhappy OOD that watch. I drive by Ted and Grace&rsquo;s lovely home of those days, at the corner of Azalea Garden Road and Heutte Drive going to and from the Norfolk Airport, never without loving memories of those two special people, and what for me were very happy times: The Battle Surface of which we converse was merely my miscalculation and poor judgement: At periscope depth, Full Speed, one was supposed to blow Bow Buoyancy then All Main Ballast, while adding some dive to the planes to keep a level bubble until the tanks were getting too dry to hold the boat down any longer. Then, rise on the planes would produce about a 30deg up-angle as the boat quickly surfaced. I simply put too much dive on the planes, then corrected with too much rise, and &rsquo;up she went&rsquo; to 48deg! No need to start the Low Pressure Blower...we were already there! There were some moderate and temporary damages as well as many very unhappy people; loss of lube oil suction on the main motors for a brief moment, broken dishes in the galley, and all the Yeoman&rsquo;s books from the shelves above his desk ended-up in his lap! When my bridge watch was over, I was told to report to the CO in the Wardroom, where &rsquo;Buck&rsquo; Herzog gave me a royal chewing. That was the end of it...no one in trouble, and a good proof that the boat was well-secured. Sea Leopard, about 500 yards off to starboard, with whom we were trading diving and surfacing photos, took the pic* [above], and her Skipper radio&rsquo;d over on the TBS: &rsquo;Battletorch, this is [can&rsquo;t recall]: You&rsquo;re clean all the way back to your navel!&rsquo; *Note the shower of water flowing out of the sonar dome fairing. This was caused by a missing circular access plate in the center, which was subsequently replaced." --William (Bill) Cole


This collection courtesy of Ted Curtin, XO CUBERA from
December 1958 to June 1960, serving three skippers.


LCDR "Buck" Herzog, 9th skipper of CUBERA, July 1957 - April 1959. Capt. Herzog was innovative, thoroughly buying into the FRAM program of submarine technology development.LCDR "Buck" Herzog, 9th skipper of CUBERA, July 1957 - April 1959. Capt. Herzog was innovative, thoroughly buying into the FRAM program of submarine technology development.

Ted Curtin: "We did the first alongside refueling of a sub from a carrier on Jan 4, 1959, from VALLEY FORGE CVS-45, after Capt. Herzog had worked up the idea and convinced CTG "A" to try it." (CTG "A" = Commander Task Group Alfa)Ted Curtin: "We did the first alongside refueling of a sub from a carrier on Jan 4, 1959, from VALLEY FORGE CVS-45, after Capt. Herzog had worked up the idea and convinced CTG "A" to try it." (CTG "A" = Commander Task Group Alfa)

CUBERA crew, circa 1959CUBERA crew, circa 1959


Contributed by John Crites:


John Crites on topside watch, D & S Piers, 1968John Crites on topside watch, D & S Piers, 1968

Joe Reddy (L, foreground) was COB for years, until he got commissioned in 1960.Joe Reddy (L, foreground) was COB for years, until he got commissioned in 1960.

Henry R "Hank" Wilson was CO CUBERA 59-60, having had a year as CO SEA LIONHenry R "Hank" Wilson was CO CUBERA 59-60, having had a year as CO SEA LION



 

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