Basalt Rock
SHIP
COMPANY
Napa Valley
California
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Neighbor to the
John F. Kennedy Memorial Park
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Ship Building History
at BASALT ROCK
or U. S. HULL NUMBER
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Some ships constructed at
Basalt Rock Ship Company



 

USS Clamp ARS-33  Diver Class, being launched into the Napa River in 1942
The newly constructed ARS-33 was floated down the Napa River to San Francisco Bay to be outfitted at Oakland, Alameda or Mare Island.  Photo submitted by Jim Vasko
From  the TOWLINE

Basalt Rock Company, a rock quarry company,  branched out into the ship building business in 1941 when it started building ships for the U.S. Navy for use during World War II. The FOUR DRY DOCKS are still there.
This history will go away soon. The area is being covered with FIVE ft. [5 ft.] of earth
 for a shopping area; Such as COSTCO.  
NEWS



SAVING "BOLSTER" FOR MUSEUM

“She’s a hometown girl,” Bruce Martens said of Bolster’s birth in 1944 on the banks of the Napa River.

Salvage-rescue tugs were never the Navy’s glamour ships, but “they saved thousands of lives,” Martens said.

She hadn’t been modified significantly. She was in good running condition when she was put in the federal government’s mothball fleet. Spare parts and a wealth of manuals and diagrams were stored below deck.
Read story in: Napa Valley Register
It's hard to figure what spot these photos are taken from.

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