Last night 18 people showed up for my camera club event at Mare Island Historic Shipyard in Vallejo. I think that’s the largest attendance since I’ve been doing this. It was really nice because people seemed to be excited about the location. Already over 50 pictures taken by club members have been uploaded into our meetup event online.
In these images you’ll see the street address containing “Nimitz”. The name “Nimitz” is after Commander Chester W. Nimitz of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet during World War II. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after the war and served as a Regent of the University of California from 1948-1956. The name is popular around the bay area. Along with a street on Mare Island named for him, Interstate 880 (the Nimitz Freeway) is also named for him. I still call the freeway “the Nimitz” and have never quite made the switch to saying “880”.
A few posts ago I shared some history of Mare Island and you can click here if you’d like to read more about it.
Near the Mare Island Naval Shipyard is St. Peter’s Chapel. It was built in 1901 under the guidance of Chaplain McAlister, and it’s the oldest naval chapel in the United States. A classic example of Victorian Gothic architecture with its tidy brown shingle, cream-colored trim, steep pitched roof and a soaring octagonal spire, it has charm and history inside and out.
There was a wedding going on so I couldn’t go inside but hopefully next time I’ll get a peek. In the meantime, here’s a link in case you’d like to see the inside and learn more about the history.
Another image from Mare Island Naval Shipyard. I’ve never been this close to a shipyard crane before. As you can see it’s humongous. There weren’t any people down there so I couldn’t show the scale with a person but hopefully you get the idea with the buildings next to it.
If you wish to read more about Mare Island Naval Shipyard, you can read about it on the wiki here. If you’re in the Bay Area and wish to join us for a photography outing, please click here.