Under a bright sun, the 9.5 ton SS Salon Turman arrived to it’s final home at Mare Island’s Dry Dock 3 as local residents watched, cheered and waved along the historic core waterfront.
This is the first ship to use the dry docks since the Navy left in 1996, and will be the first of two mothball ships based in Suisun Bay set for dismantling by Allied Defense Recycling.
The company has worked hard to get the docks re-opened and has had “great support from the city, local Mare Island residents and businesses,” said Business Operations Director Jay Anast.
The next “mothball fleet” ship the SS President, is scheduled to arrive at Mare Island in March.
Many of those that lined the fenced gates to watch, hope for a chance to work on the projects once operations begin to accelerate. Plus, many are just happy to see Mare Island back at work, although limited, as a shipyard.