Lecture/Tour: Absorbing the Shock of Port Chicago: Losing Weapons Transshipments Across the Pacific Theater

**Get 10% off your booking when you book 10 or more guests!

Friday, July 19, 10 - 11:30am

The Allied invasion of Europe was a little over one month old and the Pacific Campaign was ramping up when a tremendous explosion obliterated the Navy’s ammunition transshipment facility at Port Chicago in the North Bay Area of San Francisco.  In an instant 320 lives were snuffed out and the supply of needed ammunition was cut off to the largest battlefield the world had ever seen.  

Join us for this free lecture/tour program to learn more about criticality of Port Chicago to the fight in the Pacific, and the role that Mare Island played in both the refusal of black sailors to return to work under unsafe working conditions and their vital role in supplying desperately needed ammunition to those at the point of the spear.

The program will begin at St. Peter's Chapel with a 30 minute presentation. Attendees are then invited to drive up to the Mare Island Preserve for a tour of some of the sites presented in the lecture. This program is presented as part of the 80th commemoration of the explosion at Port Chicago.

Tickets are free, but there are a limited number. Please make your reservations today!

Photo Caption: Army General Douglas McArthur, President Roosevelt, Adm. Leahy his Chief of Staff, and Adm. Nimitz meet at Pearl Harbor in 1944 to plan the invasion of Japan.

Here are the available dates / times:
3rd Saturdays @ 10am
1st & 3rd Thursdays @ 2pm
2nd & 4th Thursdays @10am
2nd & 4th Sundays @ 2pm
Every Saturday @ 10am
• Children under 13 are free
• Tour bookings require 48 hours of advance notice.

You will receive a
final email confirmation with the name of your docent and meeting
place details before your tour.
Groups of 10 more receive a 10% discount.
Private Tours
If the public tour hours don't work for you, or you would like a private, custom tour, we can arrange that for you.  Select "Private Tour" as the Tour Type, and complete the form.

Please note: All private tours include a $15 booking fee in addition to the ticket fees. We need at least 4 days advance notice to book your private tour.
Cancellation Policy:  If your plans change and you need to cancel your tour, notify us by email 48 hours in advance for a full refund.


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