USS Cavalla (SS-244) - March 12th, 2019

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Visit the USS Cavalla (SSK-224) at Seawolf Park

Lower torpedo tubes floated out of the ground during Hurricane Ike in 2008

Cavalla sank the Japanese Carrier Shōkaku that attacked Pearl Harbor

The only submarine that avenged the December 7th, 1941 attack

Board the ship from the aft deck and walk forward

Pass by the conning tower to the forward hatches

Displayed beside the Edsall Class destroyer escort USS Stewart (DE-238)

Beyond the parking lot and fog is the concrete oil tanker SS Selma

Parts of two subs on display between the Cavalla and ferry Robert C. Lanier

Enter the sub through the torpedo loading hatch before the escape hatch

A torpedo and memorials plaques are displayed beside the ship

The ship was loaded with 16 torpedoes in the bow with 6 in the tubes

Forward torpedo room with firm crew beds supported by extra torpedoes

Two of six tubes removed in 1953 for forward sonar equipment

The girls revel in visiting the business end of the mighty warship

It takes a special kind of person to soundly sleep upon high explosives

Exit the forward torpedo room and continue toward the Officers Quarters

The Pantry prepared food for the officers, separate from the enlisted

Officers Wardroom provided space for the six to eight officers onboard

Captain's quarters is the only one with a single bed

Two navigators shared the quarters with two beds

Chief Petty Officer quarters accommodated five

The Yoeman's Office is where the sub's administration work was done

Depart the officers quarters and head toward the Control Room

High and low pressure air system controls to blow ballast tanks

Also has the radio room and emergency steering station

Access to the conning tower is closed off to the general public

The Galley prepared three meals a day for the 60 sailors onboard

Please donate to help restore these vessels because rust never sleeps!

Backgammon and checkers boards provided entertainment between meals

Coffee opposite the crew mess facing toward control room & officers quarters

The main crew quarters is where most of the enlisted men slept

Due to 24 hour operations, light levels were kept to a minimum and quiet

Forward Engine Room has one diesel engine, left, and AC plant on the right

Addition of 1953 sonar equipment up front moved the AC unit back here

After Engine Room still has both of its diesel engines giving the ship three

Fwd Engine Room water distillers converted 700 gallons of salt water/day

Aft Engine Room had centrifuge/purifiers to separate sea water from oil

Maneuvering Room housed equipment to control electric power

Transformer distributed power to motors from generators or batteries here

Power Control Station operated by two electrician's mates

Port and starboard side motors operated by multiple control levers

First Mate bumps up the engine output to pass a slow League City Sub

Power was sent to motors, charged batteries and everything else onboard

A very flexible system that allowed many combinations of source & load

The tour inside the submarine concludes in the After Torpedo Room

The after torpedo room has four tubes and room for four reloads

The tubes are a basically a large air gun that ejects the torpedo

Looking up at the aft crew escape hatch

3000 pound torpedoes could be loaded into place in just a few minutes

Veteran and POW/MIA Memorial Stone with fallen soldier battle cross

2nd Cavalla (SSN-684) served from 1973-1998 & crossed bows here in 1978

52 Submarines lost during WWII now memorialized in each state

Crew of the USS Seawolf lost on October 3, 1944, Texas' assigned memorial

Seawolf was sunk by friendly fire on her 15th patrol

17 special forces soldiers were also killed aboard the Seawolf

Cromwell purposely went down with his ship (Sculpin) to avoid capture

Submarine Corps had the highest causality rate (23%) of any service

Herzstein & Strake Foundations provided much funds to maintain the ships

US Submarine Veterans who assisted in establishing Seawolf Park

The girls sit on a Mark XVI torpedo used during WWII

The bow is lightly loaded with a one foot draft

The protector left, the hunter right and hunted (SS Selma) offshore

Cavalla's bow was rounded in 1953 to house a BQR-4 sonar system

Now a hunter-killer, Cavalla (SSK-244) hunted other submarines

Conning tower compartment of the Balao class USS Carp (SS-338)

Sail of the Sturgeon Class attack sub USS Tautog (SSN-639)

USS Tautog served 1968–1996 and was scrapped in 2004

Compass rose encircled by plaques honoring each submarine lost

Fifty Two submarines were lost during WWII and each are listed with their date and general area where they were sent on eternal patrol

After WWII, each state was assigned a submarine to honor, Texas honors the loss of USS Seawolf (SS-197) and does so with the USS Cavalla (SSK-224)

Only two torpedo tubes were above ground prior to Hurricane Ike in 2008

Cavalla briefly sailed again, dirt filled in under her, to the joy of her visitors