Wednesday, April 23, 2008

N is for Naval Reserve Readiness Center on ABC Wednesday


I originally thought this statue at the top represented the Navy, but it was originally part of the International Exposition related to Pan American Airways. Can anyone identify it? I have no clue.





The photos you see were taken in 2007 of the former Naval Reserve Readiness Center on Treasure Island, a landfilled island on San Francisco Bay. In 1939, the Golden Gate International Exposition was held here. With the beginning of World War II in 1941, the island along with the attached Yerba Buena Island were converted to a Naval Air Station where troops were trained and housed. In 1997, this military base was closed due to budget and inactivity. For further history about Treasure Island, click here.

Additional ABC Wednesday photos can be accessed from Mrs. Nesbitt's blog.

- AV

21 comments:

RuneE said...

It may be the Greek hero Hercules carrying the world on his shoulder. Would be fitting for an airline.

mrsnesbitt said...

We learn so much on a Wednesday. I really feel I travel the globe and I haven't had my breakfast yet! LOL!

Happy ABC Wednesday!
D

Ida said...

Interesting.
I learn a lot here also, just like Mrs. Nesbitt said.
Have a nice wednesday. :)

Ida

Kate said...

I don't know the identity, but I remember Pan Am and loved the airline. The naval plaque is a good choice for today!

mylittlephotonook said...

Oh! I can´t help you, sorry! Your post today is really intressting. Cu

judy said...

Not sure about the statue, but you have a good N post.

Katney said...

My first thought was Poseidon -- for the sea--which would connect with the Navy--but not likely as it wasn't from when the Navy was there.

ellen b said...

Fascinating history. I love travelling and learing on ABC Wednesday. Have a great day...

kml said...

It looks familiar - not sure where I have seen it though.

We had two bases close in our area also due to the budget cuts.

Great post!

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes'NL said...

Great statue I alauys like them so beautiful they are , I love also National Parks...

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Dragonstar said...

Lovely statue, though I don't know what it would be - looks too relaxed to be Atlas!

dot said...

I have no idea but it made a good post for N!

leslie said...

Sorry, can't help you here. But very Nice Naval sculpture. :D

Neva said...

I have not a clue but it is really a nice piece! I like the Naval Reserve shot....
We are finally getting some Spring weather here.....feels like it did when we were out your way!

Liz said...

A strange statue to be over a naval base!

Powell River Books said...

Interesting post. My dad served during the war on Treasure Island. I remember a story he told about sleeping in a bus overhead luggage rack to get home to Southern California on a short leave to see my mom.

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Dirty Knees said...

Lots of great naval information here!

Gordon said...

An interesting historic post. A great statue.

Alan said...

I assume it must be Atlas with the world on his shoulder?

kRiZ cPEc said...

think I liked the second one best, thanks for sharing

AVCR8TEUR said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. Until next week!