USS Cavalla & USS Stewart Restoration
The Cavalla Historical Foundation through the American Undersea Warfare Center has broadened their focus to include educational programs for both youth groups and adults. Groups can build small scale submarines to learn about bouyancy, and how to make fresh water from salt water. We have also developed various scout programs where groups can earn their patches. To offer these programs, we must also keep our vessels in a safe condition through restoration efforts. The humid salt air environment causes rust which leads to deterioration. Both vessels, the USS Stewart ( DE-238) and USS Cavalla (SS-244) have extensive work that needs to be done to prevent subtansial loss in the future.
Your help and contributions are invaluable in preserving these two iconic National Landmarks, keeping them open and available for public enjoyment, and promoting our educational mission. Our small but dedicated staff thanks you for your support and encourages you to come visit!
It is encouraging to see the kind notes of the donors and those who donated in memory of their loved ones, thank you and we strive to honor those who served. We have several memorials at the American Undersea Warfare Center, including a memorial plaza to the submarines lost in WWII and since, the Memorial to the USS Seawolf and the memorial to our comrades in arms in other services. Do take time to come visit and plan on attending the Veteran's Day service held each year at the Military Display. Gil Raynor, Director Emeritus CHF
Folks, in 1998, we looked at Cavalla and Stewart in Galveston and saw two hulks that had been sadly neglected for many years. Cavalla was closed to the public and only the decks were available to visitors on the Stewart. We formed a foundation called Cavalla Historical Foundation to try to save these ships. There have been untold volunteer hours and donations that have been restoring them and keeping them open to the public. We have added a memorial plaza to all the submarines lost in WWII as well as those lost since. We have moved the memorial to the Seawolf from Battleship Park down to Seawolf park where it really belonged. The Cavalla was placed at Seawolf Park in the early 1970's to serve as a memorial to those lost on the USS Seawolf and other submarines and sailors lost during WWII by the United States Veterans of WWII. Sadly most of them are gone and we as a foundation assumed the responsibility to keep their memory alive and to keep the submarine and destroyer open so that the visiting public would never forget their contribution to winning WWII. To do this, we need your help, even the smallest donations let us fix one more thing and keep the ships open just a little longer so please consider donating what you can to help us in this promise to our WWII Navy veterans. Thank you Gil Raynor, Founding Member and Director Emeritus of Cavalla Historical Foundation.
That's great! Do you have an email or a phone number that our curator can contact you with? You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (409)770-3196. We can definitely use your help!
Howdy, I live in Galveston, am a submarine veteran, and am willing to help with any restoration needs.