Early mapmakers named Richardson’s Bay for the enterprising pioneer, William Richardson, who established a port on his 19,000 acre Rancho del Saucelito in the 1840s.
Trading vessels and whalers stopped here for shelter and provisions. Later, bootleggers found it a safe haven for their own provisions, and World War II saw a thriving shipbuilding enterprise – some 900 Liberty Ships, oilers and tankers were launched in Sausalito’s Marinship waters.
Over many years, the maritime traditions have found a natural home along the waterfront. Today Sausalito carries on these traditions, now geared largely to yachting, boat repair and fishing.