Monday, March 19, 2007

CA Historical Landmark #973

Turner/Robertson Shipyard
California State Historical Landmark #973

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This landmark is located in the Matthew Turner Shipyard Park at the foot of West 12th Street off of West K Street in Benicia, California. There are 13 other California State Historical Landmarks in Solano County.

In 1882, Matthew Turner of San Francisco relocated his shipyard to Benicia. Turner, the most prodigious shipbuilder in North America, constructed 228 vessels, 169 of which were launched here. In 1913, the shipyard was purchased by James Robertson, who operated it until 1918. The yard sways, and the Whaler Stamboul, used as a shipyard work platform, are visible at low tide.

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