USS Cavalla (SS-244) - August 4th, 2007

A visit to Seawolf Park, built on an immigration site, and now home to the USS Cavalla & the USS Stewart.   The Cavalla sank the Shokaku (one of six japanese carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor) on 19 June 1944.

"The Luckiest Ship in the Submarine Service" because of her outstanding performance during her short time in service before the war ended and the Navy's ONLY Leap Year ship

The park is a memorial to the USS Seawolf, lost October 3rd, 1944

Those who died aboard "the greatest warship in US history"

The submarine veterans who erected this memorial

The 52 Submarines lost during WW2

Capt. Cromwell, of the USS Sculpin, was posthumously awarded the MOH

Let the tour of Cavalla begin, start from the stern

Head around the submarine's anchor to climb aboard

Walk on deck and head towards the conning tower and bow

Pass by the conning tower to access the forward entry way

Current entry was for loading torpedoes, the original hatch is further forward

Look back towards Cavalla's conning tower before entering

Port side view of parking lot with conning tower compartment of the USS Carp (SS-338), plus the fishing pier and pavilion in the background

Enter the vessel by heading down the torpedo loading hatch

First stop is the forward torpedo room

Top two forward torpedo launchers with two more below the raised deck

Torpedos make for an extra firm bed

Officer's Head, locked up, because . . . for officers only

Through the hatch to the officer's quarters

Fold up sink in the captain's quarters

Captain has a nice comfy bed, desk & drawers in his room

Through the hatch to the control room and diving station

Many gauges and valves line the walkway

Diving station with large center depth gauge in the center

Hull opening valves and vent controls

The Shop-Vac was not standard WW2 equipment

My tour guide, Bill, explained everything, and made sure no damage was done

The galley was bigger than a past apartment's kitchen

Crew's mess hall has backgammon & checkers in the tables

Four tables with movable benches in the mess hall

Walk through the crew's quarters

The crew worked hard enough to sleep in these conditions

Forward engine room once had two diesel engines

Engine controls and ship indicators

Engine order command panel, last tested in 1967

The after engine room still has both diesel engines

Here is the second one, it is not a mirror image

Engine order command panel for after engines

Snorkel status & hull opening panel for after engines

Continue through the hatch to the Manuevering Room

Left box & wood railings protect from main generator electrocution

Into the motor room with left and right engine controllers

Governor controls for all main engines

Battery controls and snorkel indicators

Engine order telegraph with indicators and controls

Finally make our way into the After Torpedo Room

There are four launchers in the after torpedo room

Nice lighted view down one of the open tubes

Bed headroom really opens up after several torpedoes are fired

View up toward the crew after egress hatch

Skinny guys get the lower bunks early in the deployment

Torpedo propeller cap helps with loading into the ship

Pass a sink missing its soap when backtracking to the conning tower

Bill takes a liking to me and takes me up to the conning tower

Torpedo firing panel with fwd & aft selectors

Periscope gives a great view over the starboard bow

Radar and sound equipment monitors

Torpedo data computer for plotting target bearing

Ships wheel with rudder angle indicator and engine order telegraph

Descend from the conning tower back to the control room

Exit the submarine and walk toward the bow & displayed torpedo

The exterior of the Cavalla appears to be in good shape

Remodeled in 1952 w/BQR-4 sonar system & removal of 2 torpedo tubes

Cavalla received the Presidential Unit Citation & four battle stars

A park has been added since my last visit in 2000

The hull was rusted out with gaping holes everywhere in 2000

Two of four stern torpedo tubes above ground

The USS Cavalla was the only US submarine to sink a Japanese aircraft carrier that attacked Pearl Harbor