USS Cavalla, a WWII submarine, sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Shokaku on June 19, 1914. It 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. 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.
|Jim getting through a hatch|
|Tight sleeping quarters|
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, making 30 crossings.
The Stewart is an anti-submarine ship, and was state of the art when built. One two WWII DE's still remain in the U.S. Restoration of the Stewart and Cavalla are being undertaken by the Cavalla Historical Foundation.
|Ice Cream Machine|