Mare Island Naval Shipyard lies about an hour north of San Francisco in the city of Vallejo, California. It was the first permanent naval instillation on the west coast and played a huge role in American, California and Bay Area history. In it’s 140 years in operation as a shipyard more than 500 ships were built in it’s numerous dry docks – playing a vital role in the construction of ships in World War I and specializing in submarines in World War II. Mare Island was decommissioned in 1996 and while many of the facilities are kept up, some have gone into beautiful states of disrepair.
I have a weakness for sad old buildings so one lovely spring afternoon I took a stroll around Mare Island to see what I could find. Here are a few of my favorite shots.
The Mare Island Naval Shipyard was declared a National History Landmark District in 1975 and is preserved by the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation. You can visit their website to arrange tours or find out how to donate to keep this bit of history alive. The Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum is another great resource in the area for those curious about the fascinating history of west coast maritime history.