Launch of the SSBN 658 Mariano C. Vallejo at Mare Island (above)
When the nuclear ballistic missile submarine USS Mariano G. Vallejo SSBN
658 was decommissioned in 1995, parts of the boat were saved with the
idea that someday they would be put on public display on Mare Island.
Those parts include the boat's control room, her periscopes, and her 65-ton
& dive planes. The periscopes and control room displays are now in the
Mare Island Museum, literally across the street from where the ship was
built & launched 30 years earlier.
Though recently cleaned up and repainted, the sail remains standing in
a temporary location, locked behind a chain link fence. The Mare
Island Historic Park Foundation, the sail's caretaker, is working
on a plan to place the 658's sail in a dramatic, accessible site for permanent
will take money - and the support of all those who recognize the history
of Mare Island, the important role of the nuclear submarine fleet
in the defense
of the United States, and who support the recognition of all those
who built and served on the 658.
(To left - an artist's rendering of proposed Memorial site in Alden
Park, Mare Island)
We need help
in the form of cash, structural engineering, landscape architecture, structural
concrete, and more. If you don't have money to spare, we can use your
labor, and if, like many of us, your tired old bones protest at the thought
of cutting poles and digging holes, we can use your support in spreading
the news of our efforts throughout the Vallejo community.
Donate to the
SSBN 658 Mariano C. Vallejo Memorial Site thru our Donate Now /
PayPal page - here. Or, send check or money
order donations for the 658 Sail Project, payable to "Save Our Sail MIHPF"
and mail to:
MIHPF Save Our Sail Fund
257 Cottonwood Drive
Vallejo, CA 94591