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Welcome to SS Red Oak Victory,

the historic World War II cargo ship owned and maintained
by the Richmond Museum of History.


Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park
News Release

Artist & Opening Reception
WWII Home Front Quilt Challenge Exhibit

Please join us on Saturday April 5, 2014 for the Artist & Opening Reception of the World War II Home Front Quilt Challenge Exhibit! The reception will take place at the Richmond Museum of History from2:00 to 4:00 PM and is free to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Attend the reception for a rare opportunity to speak with the artists and hear the story behind their quilts firsthand! Come and help us celebrate our proud local history through art.

Reception details at a glance:

When: Saturday, April 5, 2014 2:00 – 4:00 PM
What: Artist & Opening Reception WWII Home Front Quilt Challenge
Where: Richmond Museum of History, 400 Nevin Avenue Richmond CA 94801
Cost: Free to the Public

Can’t make it for the reception on April 5?  Don’t worry as the exhibit will be open until Friday June 6, 2014. Admission to see the quilt show is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors/students.


The ship is open to visitors during normal business hours
from 10:00am to 3:00pm
on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturday and Sundays.
The last docent tour of the day begins promptly at 2:00 pm.

We are pleased to inform you that a new video of the SS Red Oak Victory
has been recently posted on YouTube. The video features a 5 minute long interview
with TOM BOTTOMLEY on the Red Oak Victory. Tom serves as the Purser
of the SS Red Oak Victory. The video was shot and edited by Lana Husser.

Richmond councilman goes after free rent deal for WWII vessel
By Robert Rogers, Contra Costa Times, July 2, 2012

Memorial Day Event
Richmond, El Cerrito team up for Blue Star marker dedication by Chris Treadway
West County Times, May 31, 2012

WWII Ship Gets Blue Star from El Cerrito Garden Club by Charles Burress
El Cerrito Patch, My 29, 2012

Photo courtesy of the Edna R. Moeller Family Collection, Richmond Museum of History

Launched on November 9, 1944 as the SS Red Oak Victory, and commissioned as the USS Red Oak Victory (AK235) in December, 1944, the Red Oak Victory is the only vessel built by the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, California that is being restored. The ship saw service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and has the distinction of being the only ship operated by both military and civilian personnel during her career.

In 1996, by an Act of Congress, title to the SS Red Oak Victory was conveyed to the Richmond Museum Association. One of the primary goals of the museum is to preserve, restore and develop the Red Oak Victory into a viable asset that can be used, enjoyed and appreciated by the citizens of Richmond and the surrounding Bay Area communities.

No man had a greater influence on the City of Richmond than Henry J. Kaiser. It is important that his accomplishments and contributions to the war effort and community be made known as an example of what committed people can do.

The Richmond Museum of History has undertaken this unique restoration project because one object, a World War II Victory Ship, has brought together the devotion and commitment of volunteers, the wartime accomplishments of a community, and the vision and ingenuity of one man.


Spruced up SS Red Oak Victory ship comes home to Richmond


As of 12:55 PM, October 14, the SS Red Oak Victory is back home. After nearly a month in BAE’s drydocks in San Francisco, the ship successfully made the voyage back to its home at Berth 6A with a new coat of paint and an improved hull among many other improvements.

Please, come check out the revamped Red Oak Victory!


SS Red Oak Victory, October 14, 2011.


SS Red Oak Victory, May 5, 2013.


SS Red Oak Victory, May 5, 2013.


SS Red Oak Victory, May 5, 2013.


SS Red Oak Victory, May 5, 2013.


SS Red Oak Victory, May 5, 2013.


SS Red Oak Victory, May 5, 2013.

Also, along with the ship's arrival, the Richmond Museum Association proudly welcomed the arrival of a 1942 Ford fire truck used at Kaiser Shipyard #3! Many thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Anthony D’Ambrosio of Potenza Transport for bringing the truck back to the location where it was used during the home front years.


1942 Ford Fire Truck , October 14, 2011.

For more information about visiting the Red Oak Victory,
please call the ship phone at 510-237-2933

See a little of what's happening to the Red Oak in dry dock.

By Chris Treadway
Inside Bay Area/Oakland Tribune


Red Oak Victory, September 15, 2011. Photo by Bruce Moorad

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