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Mare Island, located near Vallejo, California, was an important naval shipyard for over a century. It was the first naval facility built on the Pacific coast in 1854. During the height of World War II, it employed close to 40,000 workers in the various dry-docks, shops and warehouses. They are credited with constructing at least eighty-nine seagoing vessels, many of them submarines. Their efforts certainly helped win the War.

In 1996, the Navy closed the base. Ambitious plans by the City of Vallejo and a private contractor to redevelop the island into a multi-use community are ongoing. Preservation of the important structures is guaranteed by the site's status as a National Historic Landmark.

The fate of many of these old buildings is sealed. They will eventually be destroyed. This fact brings a sense of urgency to document their current state before they are gone forever.

Tim Fleming, August 2011


About the Author

Tim Fleming
timfl Petaluma, California
Tim's vivid and highly detailed landscapes of the American West are found in many private collections, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He also creates "Scanner Art," using a flatbed scanner to make colorful, high-resolution images of flowers, plants and other natural materials. He is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop, an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI), and a freelance web designer living and working in Petaluma, California. His recent work explores the spectacular decay of Mare Island, a decommissioned US Naval shipbuilding site near Vallejo, California.

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