Seawolf Park features the USS CAVALLA (WWII Submarine) ; the USS STEWART (destroyer escort - one of only 3 in the world); a Fishing Pier ; and a Playground. The park was built on an immigration station site and offers a view of Galveston harbor, picnic sites, and a lighted fishing pier. Seawolf Park is available for company picnics, school field trips, and private parties.
The Cavalla is berthed in Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas as a memorial to the 52 lost submarines and over 3,500 men aboard those submarines during WW II. The Cavalla is 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.
After the war, the Cavalla was decommissioned in 1946. She was brought back to service in 1951 and assigned to the Submarine Squadron 10 in New London, Conn. To meet the Soviet threat, she underwent conversion in 1952 to a new class of American sub--the SSK (hunter/killer).
On January 21, 1971, the U.S. Navy transferred possession of Cavalla to the Texas Submarine Veterans of WWII. The Cavalla was then delivered to her permanent berth in Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas.
Gulf coast locals usually refer to the Cavalla as the "Seawolf", mistaking the name of the memorial park for that of the submarine on exhibit there. Next to her is the USS Stewart DE-238.
Cavalla is currently enjoying a renaissance; volunteer efforts are at a ten year high, the local press has covered her history and renovation, and efforts are underway to bring her back to the proud state her crews maintained.
The USS Stewart
The Park Board of Trustees of the City of Galveston and the Cavalla Historical Foundation proudly announce that the USS Stewart (DE-238) has officially been sited in the National Register of Historic Places by the Texas Historic Commission.
One of only two surviving destroyer escorts in the United States, the USS Stewart is berthed at Seawolf Park alongside the historic submarine, USS Cavalla, on Pelican Island.
Built at Brown Shipbuilding Company in Houston, Texas in 1942, and commissioned May 31, 1943, the 307 foot destroyer escort USS Stewart, is the second ship named for Rear Admiral Charles Stewart, commander of the USS Constitution from 1813 to 1815. Stewart began her service as a school ship, training student officers prior to escorting 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. She commenced North Atlantic convoy operations in 1944, making 30 crossings with occasional enemy submarine and aircraft encounters. Stewart was moved to the Pacific theater in 1945, to conduct training exercises out of Pearl Harbor until the end of the war.
Decommissioned in late 1945, she was formally donated to Seawolf Park in 1972, where participants of the Save Our Ship Program, a dedicated group of talented volunteers and veterans, have been restoring and maintaining her. The group meets the second week of each month to work on the ship, including acting as tour guides. Approximately 600 Navy veterans nationwide have a special interest in Stewart and are dedicated to keeping her valiant service memory alive.
Located on the channel side of Galveston Island, Seawolf Park is the premier location for fishing year round. The major fishing areas at Seawolf Park consist of a newly built 900 foot long bulkhead and a 400 foot long fishing pier. During different times of the year, different species of fish are bountiful. Flounder in late fall, speckled trout in the spring, sand trout and croaker nearly all year, bull reds and drum in the spring and summer. The occasional jack and ling are also available for the lucky angler. A variety of shark are also caught year round. The shark varieties commonly caught at Seawolf Park are Black tips, sand sharks and the occasional hammerhead, with the largest caught in 2013 being an eight foot hammerhead. During the winter months, the park is open for fishing from Dawn to dusk and during the summer months, the park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your fishing enjoyment. The lighted fishing pier can also be used by fishermen in the park for no additional charge other than the cost of the daily fishing band and the parking fee.
Tour Buses / RV's: $10
School Buses: $5
Adults (12 - 64): $6
Kids (5 - 11): $3
Kids (4 and under): Free
Seniors (65+): $3
Naval Display (Cavalla / Stewart):
Kids (under 11): $2
Group Rates Available for Naval Display
- Glass Prohibited
- Alcohol Permitted
- Pets Permitted on Leashes Excluding Military Displays
- Clean Up After Your Pets
- Camping Prohibited (RV's must exit park prior to 9PM)
- Open Fires Prohibited (BBQ pits allowed)
- Tents Prohibited
- New Daily Fishing Bands Must be Purchased by 6AM When Fishing Overnight (Permitted Seasonally)
Hours of Operation
Open year-round dawn to dusk.
Note: Hours may be seasonal and subject to change.