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Aerial photo of the southern part of Mare Island
Aerial photo of the southern part of Mare Island

Mare Island is an island in Vallejo, California, about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. The Napa River forms its eastern side, the Carquinez Strait its south end, and San Pablo Bay its western side. Some consider it to be part of a peninsula because on the north no full body of water separates this or several other named "islands" from the mainland. Instead, a series of small sloughs nearly separates several chunks of dry land from each other; in extremely wet weather, the sloughs can in fact make the chunks appear to be separate islands. Mare Island is the largest of these at about 3.5 miles long and a mile wide. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x948, 174 KB) Southern Mare Island, California Source: USGS orthographic aerial photography, collected via NASA World Wind. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x948, 174 KB) Southern Mare Island, California Source: USGS orthographic aerial photography, collected via NASA World Wind. ... Vallejo is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The Napa River, approximately 50 mi (80 km) long, is a river in northern California in the United States. ... Carquinez Strait The Carquinez Strait is a narrow tidal strait in northern California. ... San Pablo Bay is a shallow tidal estuary that forms the northern extension of San Francisco Bay in northern California in the United States. ... Peninsula A peninsula (from Latin paene insula, almost island) is a geographical formation consisting of an extension of land from a larger body, surrounded by water on three sides. ... The term slough (In the UK, pronounced to rhyme with cow; In the US, pronounced slew) has several meanings related to wetland or aquatic features that seem to derive from local experience. ...

This area was part of Rancho Soscol, deeded to General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo in 1844. According to the story, his favorite white mare fell off a raft while being transported across the Carquinez Straits and avoided drowning by swimming to an island, which he named Isla de la Yegua (Mare Island) in her honor. Don Mariano Guadeloupe Vallejo (4 July 1807 - 18 January 1890) was a Californian military commander, politician, and rancher. ... 1844 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...

The Napa River widens and forms an excellent harbor between Mare Island and the mainland. The United States bought Mare Island in July, 1852, for use as a naval shipyard. Two years later, on September 16, 1854, Mare Island became the first permanent U.S. naval installation on the west coast. Regional definitions vary from source to source. ...

Mare Island was used for more than a century as the United States Navy's Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Most of the naval shipyard was decommissioned in the 1990s and is now being developed for various public and private enterprises and activities. The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for conducting naval operations. ... The Mare Island Naval Shipyard, under study for groundwater and topsoil contamination The Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINS) was the first United States Navy shipyard established on the Pacific Coast. ... See also 1990s, the band The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, sometimes informally including popular culture from 2000 and 2001. ...

Mare Island is also the home of Touro University - Mare Island. Touro University - Mare Island is a Jewish-sponsored independent institution of higher and professional education, located in Mare Island, CA. Touro College, located in New York City, is the parent institution. ...

For information on the Historic Nature of Vallejo, see:

  • Vallejo Architectural Heritage Foundation
  • Vallejo City Park Preservation site

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Mare Island (751 words)
Mare Island is located on the western edge of the City of Vallejo in southwestern Solano County in Northern California.
Mare Island's first ship, the paddle-wheeled gunboat Saginaw, was launched before the Civil War, in 1859, and its last ship, the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Drum, was launched in 1970 when our country was divided over the Vietnam war.
Mare Island held the record for speed in construction of naval vessels, having earned the distinction in 1917, when the destroyer USS Ward was only seventeen days from keel-laying to launching.
History for Marine Barracks Mare Island (2261 words)
Mare Island?s only battleship, the USS California became an integral part of Vallejo?s history on the very day she was launched in 1919.
Mare Island entered the atomic age in 1954 by building the first nuclear submarine on the west coat, the USS Sargo.
The Mare Island Naval Shipyard also converted the first ship in the Navy to operate on oil instead of coal, the USS Wyoming Of all the ships built at the shipyard, the USS Ward is probably the most talked about.
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