Sharr Khan said:
When I was younger that plaque really confused me since well I guess I assumed: "Its a starship, it must have been built in space - yet San Francisco is a on Earth. Why would they call orbital facilities 'San Fransisco shipyards'? Given there is such a place." it always seemed contradictory to me.
The dedication plaque specifically says it was built in San Francisco.
To me the rational that they built drydocks and called them "San Fransisco Shipyards" is really stretching it. If the plaque was meant to say: "San Fransisco orbital shipyards" it would - but I'm pretty sure it doesn't.
how i saw it was major sections were indeed built in san fran and then transported up and connected together in space.
for that matter they could they build the saucer section and fly it up.