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Dismantled Site Makes Way for Hotel

Campbell Shipyard Surplus Up for Auction

Later this month, the last vestiges of what was once a publicly traded and thriving shipyard will be auctioned off to the highest bidders.

At its peak in the 1970s, the Campbell Industries’ shipyard at the foot of Eighth Avenue employed about 1,600 workers in the manufacture and repair of commercial fishing boats, mostly serving the area’s booming tuna industry.

But times changed, the tuna fleet moved to the South Pacific, and Campbell shifted to the repair of large luxury yachts.

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“It’ll be sad to see it go because we had a lot of good employees, and Campbell was a good place to work,” said Bob Maske, the vice president of shipyard operations.

Maske estimates 80 tuna seiners were built at the 13-acre site. “Campbell Industries back then was known as the premier builder of tuna fishing boats,” he said.

Today, the Campbell site is slated to be developed as a 1,200-room hotel to serve an expanded Convention Center.

The auction, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 27 and 28, entails the sale of “everything it takes to build and repair ships,” Maske said. Items include fabricating equipment, machine tools, a complete woodworking shop, welding and electrical equipment. The biggest item is a 55-ton rough terrain crane. Items can be previewed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 26.

-Mike Allen-

Port Posts Real Estate Information on the Web

Those curious about real estate developments on San Diego Unified Port District land are now able to find out what’s happening using their personal computers.

The Port of San Diego has launched a new real estate operations Web page on the Internet at www.portofsandiego.org, said Tom Morgan, senior director of real estate for the port.

The five sections of the Web page include a list of port tenants, locator maps for available property, leasing information, available public amenities, and information on sign guidelines and forms used for tenant project approvals.

“We have great expectations that this new, easy-to-access Web site will further demonstrate the Port of San Diego’s commitment to provide ways to contact and learn about us,” Morgan said.

-Arthur S. Grupe-

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