Mare Island Naval Shipyard

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The Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINSY) was the first United States Navy base established on the Pacific Ocean[3]. 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 (Mare Island, California) 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.[4] The base closed in 1996 and has gone through several redevelopment phases. Parts of it including 52 buildings[5] were declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1975.[2]

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Beginnings

The Navy purchased the original 956 acres (3.9 kmĀ²) of MINSY in 1853 and commenced shipbuilding operations on September 16, 1854 under the command of then-Commander David Farragut, who would later gain fame during the US Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay, when he gave the order, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" MINSY served as a major Pacific Ocean repair station during the late 19th century, handling American as well as Japanese and Russian vessels in the course of duty.

In 1861, the longest lived of the clipper ships, Syren, was brought to Mare Island Navy Yard for $15,000 of repairs. Syren had struck Mile Rock two times while beating out of the Golden Gate.[6]

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