At its peak during WWII, Mare Island Naval Shipyard employed over 40,000 "Yardbirds" – the term used to refer to civilian welders, shipbuilders, pipefitters, and other tradesmen that worked on the island. Many a Yardbird from the old days have told us of their penchant for a liquid lunch. Or, as they affectionally have referred to it, hoisting a "hydraulic sandwich".
the history behind the name
A group of shipyard workers launching the USS Chicago at Mare Island in 1930.
First women to attain rate of Electric Welder, 3rd class, were Alyce R. Sawyers (on the left) and Josephine L. Hollingworth, Pictured here at Mare Island in 1942.
"Shop 02 Animals" - A team of Mare Island Naval Shipyard workers poses for a photo before racing in the Vallejo Whaleboat Regatta.