Mare Island, Mare Island Museum, Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Roosevelt’s Visits To Mare Island

In 1914, Franklin Roosevelt visited Mare Island as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the beginning of “World War I”. Franklin Roosevelt’s relative Theodore Roosevelt had also served as Secretary of the Navy during the Spanish American War. On September 24, 1942, Franklin Roosevelt would visit Mare Island again, as president, a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.

Author’s Note:

The archives on President Franklin Roosevelt’s visit to Mare Island are in the Mare Island Musuem.

Mare Island, U.S.S. Independence, War of 1812

Figurehead Of The U.S.S. Independence

The U.S.S. Independence is a naval ship that was commissioned to fight the British navy during the War of 1812.

The ship was first deployed, from a Boston Navy Yard, on June 22, 1814 towards the end of the War of 1812.

The USS Independence continued to serve the US Navy after the Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814 by tailing sailors on missions to fight the Barbary Pirates in the Atlantic Ocean.

The USS Independence first arrived on Mare Island in 1855.

The USS Independence was decommissioned in 1912, a hundred years after the War of 1812 began.

The most of the ship was demolished, after the decommissioning, but parts such as the masthead were kept as artifacts.

Author’s Note:

This masthead is currently an exhibit at the Mare Island Musuem in Vallejo, California.