Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
Also known as
 [Treasure Island Naval Station - Hunters Point Annex]


"Artisit's Conception of Proposed Improvements for Hunters' Point when acquired by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. LTD."  WIKIPEDIA

The original docks were built on solid rock. In 1916 the drydocks were thought to be the largest in the world. At over 1000 feet in length, they were said to be big enough to accommodate the world's largest warships and passenger steamers. Soundings showed an offshore depth of sixty-five feet. During the early 20th century much of the Hunters Point shoreline was extended by landfill extensions into the San Francisco Bay. Wikipedia


First permanent dry-dock on Pacific coast - Hunters Point Dry Dock 1867

The name "Hunters Point" refers to an area on San Francicso bay just South of the city. The name comes from a pioneer family of that name who were living there, rather than from the good game and duck shooting thereabouts as is commonly supposed. Many of these photos come from the photo collection at the SF Public Library.Hunters Point: History

The Bay Area had two naval shipyards operation at the outbreak of World War II, Hunters Point and Mare Island. The Bay Area, a hub of the 1849 gold rush, saw a huge influx of ships bringing fortune seekers to the region. Ship repair and dismantling businesses naturally followed.

The 1867 dry dock opened at Potrero Point, later changed to Hunters Point. The Union Iron Works [later Bethlemem Shipbuilding] operated the dry dock and a pair of graving docks at the site.
From: World War II Shipyards by the Bay  by Nicholas Veronico

The article continues: In 1939, the U.W. Navy bought a 47-acre parcel for just under $4 million. In 9142, with America at war, the navy seized more than 100 homes surrounding Hunters Point to expand the base and peak employment reached 18,000 in 1945. During the war hundreds of ships were serviced and on the USS Indianapolis CA-35, the components of "Little Boy", the first atom bomb dropped on Japan, were loaded. Hunters Point served through the Korean and Vietnam Wars and was used to test Polaris submarine-launched missels during the cold war. the base closed in 1994.

Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, 1945    -      Notice the Victory Mail icon included in the image.








NAVY DAY GUIDE at Hunters Point  - - View Dry Dock No.4 Details



USS Iowa BB-61 in Dry Dock on July 4, 1953

The U.S.S. Iowa in drydock at Hunters Point, where the ship had been since March, 1949. Workmen removed blanks covering up
seaward passages, cleaned the bottom, repainted, sandblasted the hull, and on the topside, activated equipment such as guns,
radar, range finders, winches and capstans.  The 'Mighty I' had taken President Roosevelt to Tehran, but spent most of World War II
 in the Pacific. She was the first of the 45,000-ton battleships, and was commissioned in February, 1943. "


Polaris Missle Tests at Hunters Point in 1959 using their large CRANE.


Ships that have been moored in Hunters Point.
USS Paul Revere APA-248 from Nov. 1969 to Apr. 1970.                    USS Yorktown CV-10 on Nov. 2 1945
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USS Sanctuary AH-17 entered in reserve 31 Aug. 1971 and was converted  for use as a dependents' hospital
 and as a commissary/Navy exchange retail store. On 18 Nov. 1972 she became the first
United States Navy ship with a mixed male–female ship's company.


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