Thursday Doors – Mare Island Shipyard Doors

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I was poking around in folders of file images and opened one from this last March when some friends and I spent the day wandering around Mare Island which was the first Navy Base on the Pacific Ocean.  It’s been closed for a long time, but there’s some activity there, and lots of doors.

Here’s two images from that venture.

I love the arches framing the door and windows, and the color of the trim with the red brick.  The door is pretty meh, but oh the accessories! 😉

Arched Door and Windows

This one is for Dan.  It’s an At-At Crane!  This huge beast is outside of a Dry-Dock.  It even has doors.

At-At like Crane at the Dry Dock

This post is part of Norm 2.0 Thursday Doors. To see doors from around the world or add your own door click on over to Norm’s Blog and find the blue frog on his page, click that and you’ll be taken to links to some very cool doors.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2018

more to come…


32 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Mare Island Shipyard Doors

  1. Wow! Love the colors and patterns on the doors in your first photo and they are extra gorgeous next to the blue sky! 💙 And look at the size of that crane! 😳 Amazing!!

  2. Great finds Deborah! I find arches to be so lovely architecturally. And that crane! It looks so tall. The blue skies looks inviting. 🙂

    1. This crane is the biggest I’ve ever seen. They must use it to help bring the ships into dry dock. The sky was amazing that day!

      I’ll be in FL soon and if you’re ears are ringin…it might be me thinking about you. 😊 I’m going to visit my Mom. We already have a full itinerary, and you birding and wildlife viewing is on my list of must do’s!

      1. Have fun in Florida!! I’m sure I’ll be making many trips back and forth with Big Mr. down there. I hope you see some amazing birds and wildlife! 🙂

  3. Nice you caught Dan a crane, even up close and personal! 😀
    I love the blues in that first shot. I mean to tell you, I’m sure it’s lovely on any given day, but doesn’t that blue sky just set the windows ablaze in color? Gorgeous shot!

  4. Ha ha, that crane looks like Cranky from Thomas and Friends. All work and no play! You are right, the brick arches make the door look more interesting. Happy Labor Day, my friend!

  5. Ah, yes, the surroundings. Although I’m thinking that the “meh” door is a door within a larger door, making it much more interesting or part of a more interesting door. Happy Friday, Deborah.


  6. Nice images! Mare Island is so fascinating… interesting history. In fact, I wrote a Thursday Door post back in January about my trip there (and, included a crane shot for Dan 🙂 ) inspired by the beautiful doors I found. I love your image of the door surrounded by the arches. Have they opened the distillery yet? I would love to go back when they do.

    1. I had no idea there is going to be a distillery there! There was a lot of construction, and remaking of some of the buildings, but I didn’t know what would be in there when complete.

      I’d like to go back when it’s open as well. There’s always something interesting to see and photograph there isn’t there.

      Thanks for the added information and visit!

        1. No, I haven’t! Years ago I hiked up some trail on the south end of the island that had stunning views of the Carquinez Bridge and the other bridge but there wasn’t any memorial or bench up there. I’m adding that to my list to see and do for next time I’m there. Thank you so much!

    1. 🙂 It’s a pretty cool crane being SO BIG!

      Thanks so much for the comment. Hope you guys have a wonderful Holiday week-end! I know you’ll be keeping off the freeway. I can’t say the same for me.

  7. Nice finds, Deborah! I haven’t been to Mare Isle yet so one of these days will have to investigate. If you mentioned that a Distillery Owner is developing the property to promote the distillery you might get the TD followers interested in visiting for the doors, crane and other perks. 😉

  8. Thank you so much for including the crane. I really do like seeing them. Those first doors are beautiful, and I love the sets of arched windows set into a large arch. That seems unique.

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