World War II Victory ship returns to Richmond

World War II Victory ship returns to Richmond
By Chris Treadway
Contra Costa Times

Richmond will have a memorable lead-in its Home Front Festival with the SS Red Oak Victory scheduled to be towed back from dry dock in San Francisco to its home at the Port of Richmond on Friday.

Lois Boyle said Monday that she is still waiting for an official confirmation from the BAE dry dock, which has been working on the ship's hull for the past month, but that all plans as of now still call for the historic World War II cargo ship to arrive back at the Port of Richmond, 1337 Canal Blvd. at noon. (Check our blog,, for updates).

If all goes as planned, there will be a second arrival Friday of a historic vehicle related to the Kaiser shipyards.

An open cab fire truck that originally saw service at the yards is being transported back to Richmond from Spanish Fork, Utah. The fire equipment is coming via flatbed truck by Potenza Transport, which is donating the cost of services beyond the basic expenses of making the trip and the driver plans to time the arrival to coincide with the return of the Red Oak.

That will have the two arrivals in place for the Home Front Festival by the Bay, taking place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Craneway Pavilion and at the Red Oak Victory. The festivities start with the USO Dance at the Craneway on Friday. Get more details at or call 510-234-3512.


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