Mill Valley Historical Society First Wednesday
4/2/2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Mill Valley Historical Society First Wednesdays
Every first Wednesday of the month, the Mill Valley Historical Society hosts a presentation of local historical interest. First Wednesday events take place in the Creekside Room of the Mill Valley Library.
Marinship and the Bay Model
Wednesday, April 2nd | 7:30pm
This month's First Wednesday will review the Marinship complex as well as the development and evolution of the Bay Model.
The evening's speaker will be Colonel Bill Cope. Col. Cope recently retired from an 11-year career at the San Francisco Bay Model Visitor Center as Senior Ranger and Assistant Manager. Previously he served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years. He has also been a civic leader in northern Marin for many years.
The Marinship Corporation was a shipbuilding company in Sausalito during World War II that was created to help build the shipping required for the war effort. Founded in 1942, the shipyard built 93 cargo ships and oil tankers before being wound up in 1945. At its peak it employed 22,000 people working on six ships at a time.
The Bay Model and the Bay Model Visitor Center is a research and education facility built and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is a fascinating scientific tool: a working hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento - San Joaquin River Delta Systems. The model compresses the Bay and Delta in both time and space, showing the systems as if from an elevation of 12,000 feet, with the tides turning about every four minutes. The Visitor Center also provides an excellent multi-media education experience for all ages.