Thu Oct 11 2018

10:30 AM

USS Potomac

540 Water Street Oakland, CA 94604

All Ages

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 While we're cruising about the Bay, learn how FDR used the Potomac in a bit of subterfuge leading up to his meeting with Winston Churchill, to discuss the Atlantic Charter.

 Come with us on the USS Potomac to explore the SF Bay, and how it became a very busy hub of WWII. 

 You'll see shipways where newly constructed boats and ships were built and launched. 
We'll cruise past the old Naval Air Station, which was a major facility of aircraft repair, and from where Jimmy Doolittle loaded their B-25s aboard the USS Hornet, for our first bombing run over Tokyo.

World War II History Cruise

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    USS Potomac

    Cruise/Sightseeing

    The USS Potomac was built in 1934 as the Coast Guard cutter Electra. The 165-foot vessel, displacing 416 tons with cruising speeds of 10 to 13 knots, was commissioned as a U.S. Navy vessel in 1936, renamed the USS Potomac, and served as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Presidential Yacht until his death in 1945.

    After FDR’s death in April 1945, the Potomac began a long and ignominious decline from her former role in world affairs. After many adventures and many owners – including Elvis Presley at one point – she was seized in 1980 in San Francisco as a front for drug smugglers - impounded at Treasure Island, she sank. The ship was raised and unceremoniously dumped on the East Bay Estuary where she sat abandoned and rotting. A week away from being sold as scrap the ship was rescued by the Port of Oakland and the process of restoration was begun.

    Since it opened to the public in the summer of 1995, more than a quarter of a million people have visited and sailed aboard former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's beloved "Floating White House," the USS Potomac.  $5 million was spent over a 12-year period to restore the 165-foot-long vessel as a memorial to the president who authored the New Deal and led the United States during the Great Depression and the World War II years.

World War II History Cruise

Thu Oct 11 2018 10:30 AM

USS Potomac Oakland CA
World War II History Cruise
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  • Check out other similar events on TicketWeb.

All Ages

 While we're cruising about the Bay, learn how FDR used the Potomac in a bit of subterfuge leading up to his meeting with Winston Churchill, to discuss the Atlantic Charter.

 Come with us on the USS Potomac to explore the SF Bay, and how it became a very busy hub of WWII. 

 You'll see shipways where newly constructed boats and ships were built and launched. 
We'll cruise past the old Naval Air Station, which was a major facility of aircraft repair, and from where Jimmy Doolittle loaded their B-25s aboard the USS Hornet, for our first bombing run over Tokyo.

USS Potomac

USS Potomac

Cruise/Sightseeing

The USS Potomac was built in 1934 as the Coast Guard cutter Electra. The 165-foot vessel, displacing 416 tons with cruising speeds of 10 to 13 knots, was commissioned as a U.S. Navy vessel in 1936, renamed the USS Potomac, and served as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Presidential Yacht until his death in 1945.

After FDR’s death in April 1945, the Potomac began a long and ignominious decline from her former role in world affairs. After many adventures and many owners – including Elvis Presley at one point – she was seized in 1980 in San Francisco as a front for drug smugglers - impounded at Treasure Island, she sank. The ship was raised and unceremoniously dumped on the East Bay Estuary where she sat abandoned and rotting. A week away from being sold as scrap the ship was rescued by the Port of Oakland and the process of restoration was begun.

Since it opened to the public in the summer of 1995, more than a quarter of a million people have visited and sailed aboard former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's beloved "Floating White House," the USS Potomac.  $5 million was spent over a 12-year period to restore the 165-foot-long vessel as a memorial to the president who authored the New Deal and led the United States during the Great Depression and the World War II years.