NAVAL SHIPYARD SPOONS
Mare Island was the first US navy
shipyard on the Pacific Coast.
Land was purchased in Vallejo, California in 1851.
The base was very active during the Spanish American War, World
War 1 and World War 2.
89 naval ships were constructed at this shipyard
The bear on the handle of the top spoon is similar to other spoons
featuring the Calif. bear. A number of 'bear' variations are found
The left spoon features the gates at the entrance to
The Right spoon
features the new dry dock at Mare Island. The dry dock, built with
granite blocks, took 19 years to construct and was finished in 1891.
both of these spoons were made by
What better way to honor Naval
shipyard history than by collecting artifacts from shipwrecks like
furniture, spoons, coins, and other items. Sometimes the Navy will even
use privately-owned boats, similar to expedition yachts
to look for historic shipwrecks that might contain these tyles of Naval
artifacts. Most of the time, they end up on display in Navy museums
for people to see.
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