My Visit to Mare Island Naval Shipyard

8 January 2011

In January 2011, I had the opportunity to visit the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, located near Vallejo, CA. This facility was the first naval shipyard built by the US Navy on the West Coast, and built hundreds of ships including the battleship USS California. However, the yard was closed in the mid-90's as a result of the BRAC. Certain parts of the base have been re-developed; 300 new housing units have been built on the property, and some of the industrial buildings are now occupied by civilian firms. However, the old senior officer's housing and base chapel are not only still standing, but still in use. Here are some of the pictures I took during my visit to this fascinating place:

The Shipyard Museum

Quarters A: The Commander's House

The Chapel

The Shipyard