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Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo

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The Mare Island Naval Shipyard was the first United States Navy base established on the Pacific Ocean. It is located 25 miles northeast of San Francisco in Vallejo, California. The Napa River goes through the Mare Island Strait and separates the peninsula shipyard from the main portion of the city of Vallejo. MINSY made a name for itself as the premier US West Coast submarine port as well as serving as the controlling force in San Francisco Bay Area shipbuilding efforts during World War II. The base closed in 1996 and has gone through several redevelopment phases. It was registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1960, and parts of it were declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1975.BeginningsIn September 1849, Lieutenant Commander William Pope McArthur was placed in command of the US survey schooner Ewing which had been brought around the Cape Horn to the west coast by Lieutenant Washington Allon Bartlett. Upon reaching San Francisco, The Ewing and the other ship assigned to the survey, the USS Massachusetts were hampered from progress in due to desertions of their crews to the gold fields, including a mutiny when crew members rowing into the city from the Ewing threw an officer overboard in an attempt to desert. They managed to survey the Mare Island Strait before steaming to Hawaii to obtain crewmen from Hawaiian monarch King Kamehameha III. They returned to San Francisco in the spring of 1850 with the coastal survey of northern California beginning on April 4, 1850 and continued up to the mouth of the Columbia River. On August 1, 1850, while still in Oregon, McArthur purchased a 1/16 interest in Mare Island for $468.50 then returned to San Francisco later that month to prepare charts and write reports.
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  • Mare Island , seems like it could be such a great place but , it mostly has old rotted out naval buildings , not any water front and a great view from the Golf Course and driving range must be the bes...  read more »
  • I wanted to stay in Vallejo to be close to Napa Valley without paying for the costly hotels. Also, when I was younger and my husband was stationed at Mare Island, I had the opportunity to stay with hi...  read more »
  • Well let me start by saying I know Mare Island very well as an ex employee of the yard before it closed in @ 1995.From the industrial dry dock areas and buildings to the open spaces on the south side ...  read more »
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