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Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Turner / Robertson Shipyard

1882 – 1918

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
1. Turner/Robertson Shipyard Marker
Inscription.  In 1882, Mathew 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's ways, and the whaler "Stamboul", used as a shipyard work platform, are visible at low tide.
 
Erected 1987 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the City of Benicia, August 6, 1987. (Marker Number 973.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
 
Location. 38° 3.738′ N, 122° 10.755′ W. Marker is in Benicia, California, in Solano County. Marker is located at the Matthew Turner Shipyard Park at the foot of West 12th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: West 12th Street, Benicia CA 94510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
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By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
2. Turner/Robertson Shipyard Marker
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. Commodore Jones Point (approx. 0.3 miles away); McNear Warehouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Burlington Hotel (approx. 1.1 miles away); Anza Expedition of 1776 (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of the First Protestant Church in California (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of Benicia Seminary (approx. 1.4 miles away); First Masonic Hall Built in California (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fischer-Hanlon House (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Benicia.
 
Regarding Turner / Robertson Shipyard. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.973 on June 18, 1987.
 
Also see . . .  Historical Articles of Solano County – Matthew Turner, Benicia’s Shipbuilder Extraordinaire. (Submitted on February 22, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
 
Additional keywords. Ship Building
 
Turner/Robertson Shipyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
3. Turner/Robertson Shipyard Marker
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By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
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By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
5. Artifact Display
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By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
6. Artifact Display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 3,596 times since then and 69 times this year. Last updated on May 21, 2010, by Kenneth M. Sanderson of Oakland, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 22, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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