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 end of WW2.
The Navy's ONLY Leap Year ship

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

Those who died aboard "the greatest warship
in the history of the United States"

Submarine veterans who erected this memorial

52 Submarines lost during WW2

Cpt. Cromwell (USS Sculpin) was awarded the
Medal of Honor posthumously

Let the tour of Cavalla begin, start from the stern

Head around the submarine to climb on board

Head towards the conning tower and bow

Beyond the conning tower lies the entry way

Forward escape hatch lies beyond the entry way

A look back towards Cavalla's conning tower

And down the torpedo loading hatch we go . . .

. . . into the forward torpedo room

Top two of four torpedo launchers

Torpedos make a fine bed

Officer's Head, locked up, 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 & office in his room

Next is the control room & diving station

Whole lot of gauges and valves!

Hydraulics station mission control

Tough on the panorama in such a tight room

Shop-Vac was not standard WW2 equipment

Bill was my tour guide, explained everything,
and made sure I didn't damage anything

Galley was bigger than my old apartment's kitchen

Crew's mess hall has backgammon & checkers

Through the crew's quarters

Forward engine room once had two diesel engines

Engine controls and ship indicators

Engine order cmd panel & hull openings indicator

The after engine room still has both diesels

See, here is the 2nd one, it's not a mirror image

Engine order command panel for after engines

Snorkel status & hull opening panel for after engines

Out the hatch to the Manuevering Room

Left box & right wood railings protect sailers
from main generator electrocution

Into the motor room with the gear controllers

Governor controls for all main engines

Battery controls and indicators

Engine order telegraph w/indicators & controls

Finally, into the After Torpedo Room

Four launchers in the after torpedo room

Nice view down one of the open tubes

More comfy beds made from torpedoes

View up the after escape hatch

Skinny guys get the lower bunks

Torpedo propeller cap, to help with loading

See a sink while backtracking to the conning tower

Bill is nice enough to take me to the conning tower

Torpedo firing panel w/fwd & aft selectors

Periscope gives a great view over the starboard bow

Radar and sound equipment monitors

Torpedo data computer

Ships wheel with rudder angle indicator and
engine order telegraph

Back down the hatch to the control room

Back outside for views of the Cavalla

Make it quick because there are tons of mosquitos

The Cavalla is looking really good

The grounds now have a nice little park with flag

Rusted out, gaping holes were everywhere in 2000

Volunteers have really spruced the ship up

Overview of the Cavalla from the USS Stewart

Visitors boarding stairway & ship exit via
aft torpedo loading hatch

Scrapped conning tower of a cold war nuclear attack
submarine USS Tautog (SSN 639) beyond the Cavalla

Circle lists the 52 submarines lost during the war

Departing Seawolf Park, it was a great visit
Cavalla Website Historic Naval Ships