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.
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  • June 4, 2017
    I wasn't spwaking about Mare Island in geeral. I was speaking about Vallejo. I realize that it has fallen because of the 1995 closure. It used to be so special. I had to say that our visit was in 2016...  more »
  • May 16, 2017
    Do you love Historical Architecture? Photography? Naval History? San Francisco Bay Area and California State History? With buildings dating back to the 1850's, you need to visit Mare Island Naval Ship...  more »
  • August 22, 2016
    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...  more »
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  • March 20, 2017
    Great place to explore during the day. There is a ton of history and all the abandoned buildings look cool. If you go at night be aware that there are private security people and cops that go around constantly looking for people who try to sneak into the abandoned buildings
  • March 21, 2017
    Definitely worth taking a tour of it's pretty cool over there
  • November 26, 2016
    Cool historical spot! Super cool just to drive around and look at all the old infrastructure.
  • January 10, 2017
    Worth the visit, even just to drive around. Museum and Preserve are worth checking out.
  • November 6, 2016
    I grew up on the base. I have a lot of fond memories off so many people I knew before they transfered to their next duty station. I'm gonna miss this place!!!

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