- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
See Suisun Bay Ghost Fleet
The rusting remains of the largest assembled WWII fleet on the West Coast.
Technically known as the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet (SBRF), the boats are theoretically part of an active reserve fleet, ready to head out in as few as 20 days in times of national emergency. The reality is a slowly decaying fleet, creaking and rusting as they await the scrapyard. Now greatly reduced in number, soon there will be fewer still.
Unfortunately, the long years of neglect and indecision turned these once proud fighters into near wrecks, with flaking paint polluting the waters, and locals complaining about them overstaying their welcome.
The most famous resident was the USS Iowa, a WWII battleship that once served as the transport vessel for President Roosevelt, and fought in the Pacific during both WWII and the Korean War. It was decommissioned in 1990, and there are hopes to turn it into a museum ship. She was recently removed to southern California to begin a new life as a museum ship.
Unfortunately, by January 2014, all remaining fleet ships have been salvaged and either sold for scrap metal or recycled. These once fascinating fleets are no longer in Suisun Bay.