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Galveston Naval Museum

Galveston Naval Museum USS Cavalla SS244 Submarine

Galveston Naval Museum

On display for touring are the WWII Edsall-Class Destroyer the USS Stewart, and the USS Cavalla, a Gato Class Submarine. The tours are self-guided so go at your own pace and read as much or as little as you like. There are placards throughout giving detail of the captain’s quarters, mess areas, galley, bunking quarters, torpedo rooms in the submarine, and other areas of interest.

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USS Stewart

The USS Stewart was built at Brown Shipyard in Houston, TX in 1942. It has had a long history with its 201 Enlisted personnel and 8 Officers on board. The ship began as a training ship for student officers before it escorted President Roosevelt’s Yacht to rendezvous with the USS Iowa for his 1943 mission to Egypt and Tehran. Through heavy seas and icing conditions, the USS Stewart made 30 Atlantic crossings supporting convoy operations, with occasional enemy submarine and aircraft encounters, and never lost a single life. Only one unfortunate serious injury ever occurred aboard the ship. She was decommissioned in January 1947.

Touring the Vessels

You can start your tour on either of the two vessels, but on a particularly hot day I would start on the USS Stewart as the submarine does have some cooling inside and the destroyer does not. Your USS Stewart tour begins on the port side of the vessel with a tribute to the women of WWII. Without the help of what, until then, was believed to be an inferior class, the US would not have been able to maintain their war effort. Women would show the world they are more than capable of doing every job a man ever held, changing the political, economic, and social landscape forever.

On Deck

As you ascend the stairs to the deck of the Destroyer, you’ll see depth charge racks along the port side which were launched using the MK-6 or “K” gun. There are more located on the starboard side as well. At the stern of the ship are two more rear drop depth charge racks. Depth charges were used to deter or destroy any submarines lurking in the area.

Both gun turrets on the bow and stern of the Destroyer are maneuverable so hop on and see if you can spot the enemy and defend the ship!

Below Deck

Here you will find everything that keeps the ship running, from the engines in the engine room to the cooks in the galley. Other areas of the ship to visit are the crew quarters, CPO quarters, pantry, ship office, radio room, chart room, and pilot room. Throughout the tour, you will see different areas for the crew to bunk. The crew’s quarters are spread throughout the ship, with some being in the Crew Mess. The tables on the Mess Deck folded so the crew could access their bunks.

USS Cavalla SS244

Built in 1943 and on her first patrol in the Philippine Sea sank the UN (Imperial Japanese Navy) aircraft carrier Shokaku on June 19, 1944. The Shokaku was one of the carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The USS Cavalla made six war patrols in support of the Mariana and Western Caroline Island Operations, the Palau Invasion, and 3rd Fleet Operations against Japan. She also sank a destroyer, two merchant ships, and a sampan for a total of 34,180 tons.

Touring the Submarine

After ascending the stairs you will walk to the front of the submarine to begin the one-way tour. Be careful throughout the tour as the ceiling is low, metal items protrude through from all directions, and the hatches are small so take care when passing through.

You will start in the Forward Torpedo Room, making your way back through the Officer’s Quarters, above the Battery Space, through the Control Room, Galley, Crew’s Quarters and Lockers, Main Generator, Main Prop Control, and exiting through the Aft Torpedo Room. You may notice that throughout the submarine there are bunk beds in almost spot that can be placed, including both Forward Torpedo and Aft Torpedo rooms.

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