In 1971, USS Cavalla (SS-244) was transferred from the US Navy to the US Submarine Veterans of World War II, Texas (SubVets) and towed to its current berth at Seawolf Park. Seawolf Park was named for the submarine and crew of the USS Seawolf (SS-197) which was lost at sea during WWII. Three years later, the USS Stewart (DE-238) joined USS Cavalla to create a unique pair of warfighting vessels— Predator and Protector.
Since 1998, the Cavalla Historical Foundation assumed oversight of the American Undersea Warfare Center and its mission to restore, maintain and operate USS Cavalla, USS Stewart, the sail of the USS Tautog (SSN-639) and the conning tower of the USS Carp (SS-338).
The USS Cavalla is berthed in Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas as a memorial to the lost submarine USS Seawolf.
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 Feb. 29, 1944, the first "leap year" boat built by E.B.
The USS Stewart began her service operating out of Miami as a "school ship" training student officers.
She escorted President Roosevelt in the presidential yacht down the Potomac River to rendezvous with USS Iowa in the Chesapeake Bay for his mission to Casablanca and Tehran. In 1944, she commenced North Atlantic convoy operations.
Visit Seawolf Park on Pelican Island in Galveston, TX. Climb aboard historic WWII ships and experience what it was like being part of a battle hardened crew. Take Broadway to 51st Str north to the end. Group sleepovers are available.