24 Mar 1942

Photo(s) dated 24 Mar 1942
Bechtel photo of the site for the Maritime Commission shipyard granted to them that would become Marinship, 24 Mar 1942, Sausalito, California, United States. Photo 2 of 3.Bechtel photo of the site for the Maritime Commission shipyard granted to them that would become Marinship, 24 Mar 1942, Sausalito, California, United States. Photo 1 of 3.
26 Mar 1942

United States
  • W.A. Bechtel Corporation was granted a Maritime Commission contract to build a shipyard on San Francisco Bay that would become Marinship. Ground was broken the next day. ww2dbase [Marinship Shipbuilding | Sausalito, California | DS]
28 Mar 1942

Photo(s) dated 28 Mar 1942
Bechtel photo of the site for the Maritime Commission shipyard granted to them that would become Marinship, 24 Mar 1942, Sausalito, California, United States. Photo 3 of 3.
27 Jun 1942

United States
  • The keel was laid for Liberty ship William A. Richardson at the Marinship yard. This was the first keel laid at Marinship and it was laid a mere 3 months after the W.A. Bechtel Corporation was awarded the shipyard contract from the Maritime Commission. ww2dbase [Marinship Shipbuilding | Liberty-class | Sausalito, California | DS]
28 Jun 1942

Photo(s) dated 28 Jun 1942
Marinship yard under construction three months after its contract was awarded to Bechtel Corp., 28 Jun 1942, Sausalito, California, United States. The first keel had been laid one day earlier.
22 Nov 1942

Photo(s) dated 22 Nov 1942
Liberty ship John Muir sliding down the ways at Marinship, Sausalito, California, United States, 22 Nov 1942. John Muir was the fourth ship built at the Marinship yard.
7 Dec 1942

United States
  • The keel was laid for fleet oiler Escambia at the Marinship yard. This was the first keel laid at Marinship for a tanker, the ship type Marinship was primarily intended to build. ww2dbase [Marinship Shipbuilding | Sausalito, California | DS]
16 Jun 1943

United States
  • The keel was laid for Liberty ship Jack London at the Marinship yard. This was the last Liberty ship made at Marinship as production had entirely shifted to building tankers, the ship type Marinship was created to build. ww2dbase [Marinship Shipbuilding | Liberty-class | Sausalito, California | DS]
15 Apr 1944

Photo(s) dated 15 Apr 1944
Color photo of work underway at the Marinship yard, Sausalito, California, United States, 15 Apr 1944. Oil tanker Mission San Carlos has her bow draped in bunting for her launch later that day.
18 Sep 1944

United States
29 Oct 1944

United States Photo(s) dated 29 Oct 1944
Marinship Yard vice-president and general manager William E. Waste offering dignitary remarks during the christening of yard flagship Tamalpais, 29 Oct 1944, Sausalito, California, United States.The Escambia-class fleet oiler Tamalpais just after she was launched and being moved to the fitting out docks, Marinship, Sausalito, California, United States, 29 Oct 1944.The Escambia-class fleet oiler Tamalpais being christened during Flagship Day at Marinship, Sausalito, California, United States, 29 Oct 1944.
6 Dec 1944

Photo(s) dated 6 Dec 1944
Aerial view of the Marinship Shipbuilding yard, Sausalito, California, United States, 6 Dec 1944. Note the six tankers under construction on the ways and six others being fitted out at the piers. Photo 1 of 5.Aerial view of the Marinship Shipbuilding yard, Sausalito, California, United States, 6 Dec 1944. Note the six tankers under construction on the ways and six others being fitted out at the piers. Photo 2 of 5.Aerial view of the Marinship Shipbuilding yard, Sausalito, California, United States, 6 Dec 1944. Note the six tankers under construction on the ways and six others being fitted out at the piers. Photo 3 of 5.Aerial view of the Marinship Shipbuilding yard, Sausalito, California, United States, 6 Dec 1944. Note the six tankers under construction on the ways and six others being fitted out at the piers. Photo 4 of 5.
See all photos dated 6 Dec 1944
29 Mar 1945

Photo(s) dated 29 Mar 1945
Painted bow of the tanker Torrance Hills ready for launch at the Marinship yard, Sausalito, California, United States, 29 Mar 1945. The painting commemorates the third anniversary of Marinship.
25 Apr 1945

United States Photo(s) dated 25 Apr 1945
Marinship Company president Stephen Bechtel, Sr., left, and HRH Prince Faisal Ibn Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia and his party touring the Marinship yard, Sausalito, California, United States, 25 Apr 1945.Marinship Company president Stephen Bechtel, Sr., left, and HRH Prince Faisal Ibn Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia and his party boarding the tanker Tamalpais at the Marinship yard, Sausalito, California, 25 Apr 1945.
20 May 1945

United States
10 Aug 1945

United States
  • The last ship completed at by Marinship Shipbuilding, fleet oiler USS Mission Los Angeles, was delivered to the Navy. Seven other tankers had their contracts cancelled and were never laid down. Marinship closed a short time later. ww2dbase [Marinship Shipbuilding | Sausalito, California | DS]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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