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“In need of TLC” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Seawolf Park

Seawolf Park
Seawolf Parkway and 51st St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1 409 744 5738
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Ranked #15 of 39 Attractions in Galveston
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: Scenic park on Pelican Island offers scenic views of the Port of Galveston.
Chappell Hill, Texas
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“In need of TLC”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

A rather static display and not very informative. The sub in Philadelphia has docents onboard to explain life aboard and technical details of the systems.

This display offers a basic indoctrination to the ships and their missions.

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Houston, Texas
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“The USS Cavalla, a WWII submarine at Seawolf Park, Galveston is worth a view.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

In 1963-64 I worked on the original sub slated for Seawolf Park, the Cabrilla, which was then at Todd Shipyard, for removal of her battery and some repair work before being move to the Island. Just before the slated more, the school boat Cavalla, which was at Brady Island in the Ship Channel, was struck by the US Navy and sold to a scrap dealer in Orange TX. But a three way deal was made between the Navy, the scrap dealer, and the SubVets group. The scrap dealed just wanted a big chunk of steel - he did care which boat. The Cabrilla was a rusted out hulk, but was still in its WWII configuration. The Cavalla was in much better shape, but had been modified post-war to a different topsides and insides. The Subvets made the decision to trade boats and the Cabrilla was junked and the Cavalla moved to Pellican Island (Seawolf Park part) after reurbishing at Todd. Probably a better deal as the Cabrilla was in bad shape. During the War, the Cavalla, with a new Captain (Kossler) sank the oldest aircraft carrier left to Japan. Successful ships stay in the Navy, so Cavalla was kept in Commission, modified Postwar to a Guppy, and then had further upgrades before being reduced to the final use to the Navy as a school boat. But the Cabrilla did sink 5 enemy ships.

Visited March 2011
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Texas
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“Historic submarine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Nice area from which to fish the bay, but we really enjoy the Sea Wolf submarine and its ongoing restoration. Good day trip.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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“Very cool ships”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

My kids loved being able to walk around and explore the battleship escort and submarine. The general park area has a picnic areas, basketball courts, and playground for public use. Many people were also fishing from shore. They appeared to be catching mostly trout. Definitely worth checking out.

Visited December 2011
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“Its ok and the port o potty could use an upgrade to a real restroom”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011 via mobile

What I like about seawolf park is the night fishing. Sometimes during the weekend it can get over crowded and little wiggle room to cast rod. Good thing during the summer night fishing is that there are many trout to catch at night. It seems like it is automatic. Seawolf has taken a big hit during ike. The foundationg of some cement blocks are cracked and the main building has been out of order since. Good place to have a picnic and fish.

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