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The official Galveston site describes the featured submarine in this way: The Cavalla is berthed in Seawolf Park, Galveston, as a memorial to the lost submarine USS Seawolf. The Cavalla was a Gato class fleet sub, designed and built in the summer of 1943 by the Electric Boat Company and launched on November 14, 1943. She was commissioned on February 29, 1944, the first "leap year" boat built by Electric Boat. On June 19, 1944, on her maiden patrol, she sank the 30,000 ton aircraft carrier Shokaku (veteran of Pearl Harbor and Battle of Coral Sea). This earned her the Presidential Unit Citation.
After the war, the Cavalla was decommissioned in 1946. She was brought back to service in 1951 and assigned to the Submarine Squadron 10 in New London, Conn. To meet the Soviet threat, she underwent conversion in 1952 to a new class of American sub--the SSK (hunter/killer).
On January 21, 1971, the U.S. Navy transferred possession of Cavalla to the Texas Submarine Veterans of WWII. The Cavalla was then delivered to her permanent berth in Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas.
Gulf coast locals usually refer to the Cavalla as the "Seawolf", mistaking the name of the memorial park for that of the submarine on exhibit there. Next to her is the USS Stewart DE-238.
- Sailing and Boating
- Family Travel
Seawolf park has the USS Cavalla (submarine) and the USS Stewart. For a small fee you can explore both. There is also a fishing pier in the park. You can see the remains of the USS Selma, a liberty ship, just off of Seawolf Park. Another good way to see all 3 ships is to take the free ferry ride to Point Bolivar. The Ferry will take you right by all 3, as well as through the Houston Channel, where you can see all kinds of ships from small fishing boats, and cruise ships, to cargo ships and car transports.
- Historical Travel
Seawolf Park is on Pelican Island, just off the northeast corner of Galveston Island. On this island is a park which is home of the USS Cavalla SSK-244 submarine and Destroyer Escort USS Stewart (DE-238). Both vessels are on dry land and can be easily visited.
In addition, the entrance to Galveston Bay is just to the east, making it easy and fun to watch the many massive cargo vessels queue up to enter the Bay, while the ferries going to the Bolivar Peninsula dart back and forth.
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