About the New Seabee Museum Logo
Although the bee is the most recognizable emblem of the Seabee community, the new U.S. Seabee Museum logo embodies the heritage of that community and the role the museum plays in it.
The shape of logo represents a Quonset hut, a lightweight prefabricated structure of corrugated galvanized steel having a semicircular cross section. Although the design of the Quonset hut was based on the Nissen hut developed by the British during World War I, the name comes from their site of first manufacture, Quonset Point, at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Davisville, the original home of the Seabees. During World War II, Seabees erected thousands of Quonset huts in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters of war as a quick and cost-effective method of constructing a public works infrastructure to support American troops.
In addition to its historical connection to the Seabees construction efforts, the Quonset hut design of the new logo also pays homage to the old museum facility. For fifty-five years, the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum resided in two World War II era Quonset huts in Port Hueneme, California. Though it will now reside in a state-of-the-art facility, the function of the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum remains the same as it did when Commodore Beauford Fink, Jr., CEC, USN, dedicated the Quonset huts as the museum on March 5, 1956: "This museum serves as a shrine for the past, an incentive for the present, and a goal for the future for all Civil Engineer Corps officers and the Seabees of the Navy."
The stripes on the logo stand for the seven Seabee ratings: Construction Mechanic (CM), Equipment Operator (EO), Utilitiesman (UT), Construction Electrician (CE), Builder (BU), Steel Worker (SW), and Engineering Aid (EA).
The color of the logo corresponds to the classic Seabee green.