Former Mare Island Naval Shipyard

The MIHPF intends to display the OLYMPIA in Historic Dry Dock #1 at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo California.

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The Olympia in Historic Mare Island Dry Dock #1 Circa 1895
Mare Island has a historic connection to the OLYMPIA as it is was the location where from which the OLYMPIA was fitted out subsequent to launch. The OLYMPIA departed Mare Island on the morning of August 25, 1895 at 5:30 in the morning on her way to the Asiatic Station and her date with destiny. The OLYMPIA can be displayed at this site out-of-water in the historic dry-dock 1 which is listed on the National Park Services Register of Historic Places. An out of water display would minimize the expenses and disruption related to hull repairs required for in water displays.

The display of a historic ship in Mare Island’s Historic Dry Dock #1 was embraced by the City of Vallejo’s 1994 Reuse Plan and has been an integral part of planning for the reuse of Mare Island ever since.
MINS Historic Dry Dock #1
When OLYMPIA arrived at Mare Island Navy Yard in 1892, it was one of the first Navy warships to be docked in the recently completed (1891) Dry Dock #1.