the history behind the name
The USS Saginaw was the first keel laid at Mare Island in 1858. Over the next 123-plus years, 513 numbered vessels will be built. Another 1,227 will be repaired or overhauled at the shipyard.
In 1870, the ship grounded on a reef in the South Pacific. The crew's only hope was to send 5 volunteers sailing 1500 miles in the captain's skiff to seek help from Hawai'i's King Kamehameha.
Coxswain William Halford, catching an albatross to feed his sick and starving mates. He was the only one to survive the journey to Hawai'i. He is buried in the Mare Island Cemetery.