Official Homeport for Crewmembers of the AS-34 and AS-9


Items previously on the home page that has now been placed in storage.



Admiral John M. Barrett, USN (ret.)

Our first Commanding Officer

1920 - 2009



Richard Retin & Ed Pado

2009 Rota Trip Report


We got back from our trip to Rota and southern Spain on Friday, February 27, 2009.  Go to the travel blog I kept up during the trip to see where we went and what we did:  


As previously reported, all the American style bars are gone. The building that was once the Suzie bar and is now an ice cream and pastry store that has been rebuilt, but looks amazingly similar:


We were extremely lucky to find a Chief that works on the base and could be our escort. The Spanish military now totally run the base, and therefore we were highly restricted as to where we could go and the photos we could take. We could not go down to the pier area or to the air base. We could not even get into the Exchange to buy souvenirs. Therefore we have decided that it will not be practical to hold a reunion in Rota for the foreseeable future.


View my walk up San Fernando Ave. and a couple bar locations: 


Be a Rota Rooter again - Rota Bar Hostesses:  

Were you on the Canopus in 1987-1991?


If so, you need to checkout Tom Denton's scrapbook.  It has one of the best collection of crewmembers photos I have seen to date.  He had a eye for the ladies, so if you were one of the female crewmembers, your photo or one of your shipmates, may be there:

New Homeport for the USS CANOPUS Model

Canopus Lifer Ed Hamilton with Canopus Shipmate and Museum Manager John Crouse


Sadly, John passed away on Sept. 4, 2010.  Click here to read his obit:
Click on photo to go to St. Marys Submarine Museum Page

Make the Canopus Underway your computer desktop wallpaper:  

Canopus from the viewpoint of a SSBN:

Cruise Books: Our historical archives now has all 4 known cruise books.  Many thanks to Joe Midgette (EMFR - 1974-1976 - R-3 Rubber & Plastics Shop) for donating the previously missing "1975 That Championship Season" to the Assocation.




Security Violation!


Marines: Drop your socks, grab your weapons and man the new USS Canopus Association Marine Detachment webpage.


Our Marines are becoming more active in the Association and have sent in group photos.  I have decided to quarter them on the 2nd Deck just forward of the Mess Deck: 


Holy Loch Update


Our Super Canopus Lifer  Jim Hulse  recently decided he wanted a Guinness, so he left his home in Buffalo New York and went to Sinbad’s.


While there he took a few pictures to share with his shipmates. Click on plaque to go to his photo page:


Rota Harbor Update


A third pier was under construction in February 2009.  Fred Beebe (HT2 - 1976-1980 - R-1 Flex Hose and Pipe Shop) sent us a set of photos of the completed pier. Not sure how he came by it.  When Ed Pado and I were there in 2009, we were told we may be shot if we were seen with a camera!


Rota Harbor Update





by Everett M. Perry


Its weigh anchor for the Old Lady USS Canopus (AS-9).  GHOSTS OF CANOPUS is a 196 page picture-book about the USS Canopus (AS-9) and her crew as prisoners of war of the Japanese.

Ordering information, sample photos and a link to a 12 page PDF for closer examination of the quality of this publication is available by clicking here: 


A must for families and friends of the USS Canopus (AS-9), done as a professional labor of love.

E. Perry



Old Canopus Cruise Book


Amazing AS-9 cruise book of China, Japan and Philippines during the 1930's.

Although there a lots of pictures of the old Canopus, subs and other ships, some of pictures are disturbingly graphic depictions of the results of war and famine.


Click on photo to go to the webpage containing the slideshow:




Can't Get Enough of Canopus?


You been all through this website, looked for your buddies in the Shipmates List, spent days viewing all the Photos and Videos, and found your working compartment and bunk in the Blueprints.  


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