Navy Lt. Ambrose B. Wyckoff, who had spent years surveying the region and knew it well, used the congressional funding to buy some acreage surrounding a natural harbor on the north shore of Sinclair Inlet (in Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington.)
The new naval station was commissioned Sept. 16, 1891, as Wyckoff's daughter, Selah, ran a U.S. flag up a crude pole made of a debranched fir tree. It was the first day of what would later become Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, West Sound's largest employer since before World War I.
Wyckoff made his headquarters aboard the wooden gunship USS Nipsic, since there were no buildings ashore.
Much of the above information came from the book "Nipsic to Nimitz" by Louise M. Reh and Helen Lou Ross.