You’ll see many, many pieces of decommissioned ships at Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resort. It’s part of our sustainable building philosophy to use elements from decommissioned ships as everything from shading, to picnic tables (more on that later), to doors (and we’ll talk about that too!) to theming.


We’ve done a little research on some of the ships used throughout our waterparks:


USAT General John Pope    Found in both waterparks

shade cots

Unfortunately many of the cots from the ship are destined to be replaced since the Texas sun has been a bit too much for them over the last few years.


You’ll see several pieces from the USS General Pope including this shade structure built from cots. The USS General John Pope (AP-110) was a troop transport for the US Navy in World War II. After the war she was transferred to the Army and re-designated the USAT General John Pope. She served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a civilian manned Military Sea Troop vessel. Built in 1943, the ship was decommissioned in 1990, and was dismantled in 2010 in Brownsville.



USNS General Edwin D. Patrick   Found primarily in our New Braunfels waterpark


Shade structure outside our Surfenburg gift shop.


The USNS General Edwin D. Patrick was a P2 transport ship built in Alameda, California and was originally named the US Army Transport Admiral C.F. Hughes in 1945. In 1946 she was renamed the USAT General Edwin D. Patrick and served the west coast, Hawaii and Asia. She carried families and dependents as well as troops and had a promenade deck, lounges, a shop and dining rooms. She was also a transport ship for the 83rd Artillery who served in Viet Nam. You can find an amazing article on the ship here:



Gulf Farmer   Found primarily in our Galveston waterpark

Gulf Farmer

Lots of life preservers make fun theming. Not suitable for life saving anymore.


The Gulf Farmer was built in 1964. We don’t know much more about it other than it was listed on the National Defense Reserve Fleet Inventory as slated for disposal in Brownsville.


We will continue to add to this list. As you can see we have many, many more elements from ships in our parks:

more ship pieces

From Galveston


paddle from ship

From New Braunfels


If you know anything about any of our ships, please let us know at


Ed. note:

How is Schlitterbahn’s approach different from how other parks in America build? Here’s an example:

Let’s say a theme park is creating an old western town and they want a beat up tin roof. They will buy a new piece of tin that fits exactly the size of the building they have and use chemical treatments and paint to give it a weathered look.

We find weathered tin instead and work to fit them to the project we have. Using found materials requires a little creative thinking and sometimes we have to adjust sizes of our project to fit materials on hand. But that’s part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability.