Historic Philly sub turns 75-year-old, and no, we’re not talking hoagies

John McDevitt
May 25, 2019 - 4:00 am
USS Becuna

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Happy Birthday Becky! A historic decommissioned submarine that now calls Penn's landing home is turning 75-years-old this Memorial Day.

"Becky was what some of the sailors, who sailed on the submarine Becuna, had nicked named her," explained John Brady President and CEO of the Independence Seaport Museum.

The museum is the keeper of the last remaining GUPPY IA type boat.

"She sank a few ships is World War II, she was depth charged more than once in World War II, she had a lot of training missions. She served in War World II, but was primarily a cold war boat,” Brady says. “She was re-done in the early 1950s — I believe a guppy is what they called it.  Where she was modernized for the time with new sonar and a more efficient shape for underwater performance and things like that.

USS Becuna at the Independence Seaport Museum
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The USS Becuna would have about 80 men on board during a mission, Brady says, and space for the crew was extremely limited.

"In the torpedo room, if you were assigned to the torpedo room, you actually slept with the torpedoes and there were bunks that were between the torpedo storage that would slide out."

The Becuna was commissioned in 1944, and decommissioned in 1969. This Saturday, May 25, the public is invited to a ceremony at the Independence Seaport Museum to celebrate the historic vessel.