Sunday, August 10, 2014

A.L.P.S. and Solano County Paranormal Explore Mare Island, California

By Scott Wolf

Angels of Light Paranormal Society teamed up with our good friends Scott and Beth Campbell and Melissa Rashid from Solano County Paranormal for a fun filled day at Mare Island.

Mare Island isn’t actually an island. It’s actually a peninsula, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. It is located 25 miles northeast of San Francisco, California in the city of Vallejo.
Until 1996 it housed the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. It was the first US Navy base established on the Pacific Ocean. Shipbuilding operations actually began in 1854. 

The Naval Shipyard built over 500 sea-going vessels to include the USS Jupiter which was re-named the USS Langley when it was converted to be the first aircraft carrier, two battleships the USS California and USS Montana, as well as some of the first US nuclear powered submarines.
The First US Aircraft Carrier the USS Langley

Today the former Naval Shipyard is used by commercial businesses and government agencies. Some of the shipyard facilities, such as the dry docks, are still in use. It appears that very little has changed since it’s Navy days.

Our first stop, before we headed to our investigation location, was at a few of the mansions which used to house the Naval Bases highest ranking officers. Some of these mansions are used as offices and others are used as private homes. They are quite amazing. Next we checked out the shipyard. 
The Mansions
The Inside of One of the Mansions
The shipyard was nothing short of amazing. I have never seen buildings that large, I can only imagine what it was like to be around when thousands of workers were working round the clock to build ships to support the war effort during World War II. 

One of the Massive Buildings at the Shipyard
Next we stopped at St. Peter’s Chapel, renowned for it’s beautiful Tiffany designed stained glass windows. We also stopped at some of the many concrete bomb shelters that were littered all over the base. The bomb shelters were built right after the attack on Pearl Harbor. 
St. Peter's Chapel
WWII Bomb Shelters
It was finally time to head to our final destination, the former Naval Weapons Storage Area. The storage area was a series of bunkers located on top of a large hill. The views of the coast from up there were incredible!

Views from the Top of the Storage Area

As we walked around and went into some of the smaller bunkers we came upon the old cemetery. A lot of very old graves from sailors that had died from accidents and just old age. We even found six Russian sailors who had all died around the same time. The grave stones looked like they were brand new. They were all the same so I am guessing a group replaced the old headstones because they were falling apart.
Russian Sailor's Graves
While we walked through the cemetery we came to a section that was different from the others. Many of the graves had fences around them which usually signifies someone wealthy or well-known was buried there. As we looked we found the grave of Anna Arnold Key, the daughter of Francis Scott Key, the writer of the Star Spangled Banner! A very cool find!
Grave Site of Anna Arnold Key, Daughter of Francis Scott Key

The main focus of our investigation were the two large underground storage bunkers on top of the hill. I didn’t know it at the time ,but apparently a woman was gang raped and murdered up there. A terrible crime!
Underground Storage Bunker
We spent a lot of time in those two bunkers conducting EVP sessions and trying to see if we could have any personal experiences. I don’t know that anyone did, but we gave it our best shot.
I can tell you that being inside those large concrete underground bunkers after the sun went down was a little spooky. You couldn’t even see your hand in front of your face and the acoustics were insane in there! Every little noise was amplified to a crazy level!

I am not sure anyone was able to capture anything believed to be paranormal on their audio nor did anyone have any personal experiences in those bunkers. We did get some strange K2 hits while in there.

We didn’t mind that we may not have captured anything. Sometimes it’s just the thrill of being able to explore the location you are at that makes it worth the trip. It’s all about being able to explore historic locations and see things that the general public doesn’t often get to see.

Mare Island is incredible! It is a monument to the men and woman who served our country in order to protect our freedom and way of life. It is also a monument to the American spirit. Men and women who gave their blood, sweat, and sometimes their lives to build something incredible that lives on today.

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