The Spirit Ship at Mare Island Preserve

Written by Myrna Hayes

September 23, 2019

The Spirit Ship sculpture is on the south end of Mare Island in Vallejo facing San Pablo Bay, the Sacramento and the Napa rivers. It is dedicated to the workers of Mare Island Naval Shipyard marking the closure of the Shipyard in 1996. On my first visit to the top of the hill, I photographed and video’d it with my phone to share what I had seen. I was moved by the sounds coming from the metal name tags hanging from the poles of the sculpture that clanked and moved from the winds. Watch the video to see and hear it.

The Spirit Ship is part of the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, a fabulous enclave full of nature and peacefulness where you can walk and sit on benches placed frequently along the trails to take in the views. There are flat tidal lands, hills, oak trees, grass lands, and eucalyptus trees with nesting egrets chattering away.

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