Long Beach in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
In Their Honor
In 1997, Long Beach's last chapter in navy history came to a close. The once bustling shipyard and naval base are now gone, but the city's naval heritage remains.
Charting an Ancient Journey Forged in steel, bronze, brass, and porcelain enamel, the Navysphere sculpture memorializes Long Beach's naval heritage. Its design is based on the armillary sphere, an ancient Greek model of the Earth-the central sphere-and a stand that depicts the equator, the constellations of the Zodiac, and movement of the moon, planets, and sun.
In creating the sculpture, artist Terry Braunstein chose the armillary sphere as a metaphor. In ancient times, its use as a navigational tool made a navy possible. And like the naval heritage of Long Beach, it remains a timeless symbol.
Of Mast and Men
Icons from a Navy Past
Artifacts celebrate the Long Beach Naval Station and shipyard. From an anchor that once moored a ship from Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet and flag mast from the Long Beach Navy Hospital (circa 1942) to the replica of the compass rose from the Naval Station Administration Building and streets signs that once marked a shipyard intersection, Long Beach's naval heritage is preserved in art and architecture.
Location. 33° 45.628′ N, 118° 11.775′ W. Marker is in Long Beach, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from West Shoreline Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Shoreline Aquatic Park along the Golden Shore walkway. Marker is in this post office area: Long Beach CA 90802, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Evolution of a skyline (approx. 0.2 miles away); Transpacific Yacht Race - Long Beach to Honolulu (approx. 0.2 miles away); 10th Anniversary (approx. ¼ mile away); The Sovereign The Blackstone (approx. half a mile away); The Breakers (approx. 0.6 miles away); Security Pacific National Bank (approx. 0.6 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Highway (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Long Beach.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 1, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 381 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on February 1, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.