Bomb Shelters(?)

C59F7828.jpgWith the outbreak of the Second World War, Mare Island rapidly added some bomb shelters for the workers and residents.  These concrete bunkers were built quickly but have lasted a long time.  The doors to them have gradually decayed and they are now predominantly sealed with steel doors.  As bomb shelters go, they were of reasonable use.  A direct hit would have destroyed them and whoever was unlucky enough to be inside.  However, they should have provided protection to the occupants from shrapnel resulting from a nearby impact had it ever happened.  Now they just look a little incongruous amongst the trees but there would have been a time when they were considered a very welcome feature to those nearby.


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