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New Meetup: U.S.S. Potomac and exploring/walking/hiking in Oakland

From: Kathleen
Sent on: Friday, June 4, 2010 11:50 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Walking thru the Valley of Heart's Delight & Hiking Around!

What: U.S.S. Potomac and exploring/walking/hiking in Oakland

When: Saturday, July 10,[masked]:00 AM

USS Potomac
540 Water Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Celebrate Ron's birthday with a big splurge, a History Cruise on FDR's "Floating Whitehouse," the USS Potomac!

During this two-hour narrated cruise, "Emphasis is placed on the effect Franklin Delano Roosevelt?s administration had upon the Bay Area and surrounding landmarks. Guests watch a 15-minute video in the Visitor Center prior to the cruise. The video provides a glimpse of Franklin Delano Roosevelt?s use of the Potomac, emphasizing the impact of his administration on the country and the Potomac restoration story. While on board, guests may elect to take a docent led tour or self guided tour. Coffee, tea and bottled water are available."

The cruise ($45) actually begins at 10:30, so it would be possible to meet us at the visitor center or on board. We'll depart my home in Sunnyvale at 9:00 to allow stress-free arrival, parking, etc. We'll share parking costs and ask for a dollar or two towards gas costs.

Click here to purchase tickets.

The history is so fascinating I've included a copy here from their website.
"The USS Potomac?s Origins
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.

From FDR to ?the King?
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.

Today?s Potomac
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."

After our morning of luxury we'll have lunch at the Chop Bar in Jack London Square (unless we find something else that grabs our interest and price range on the way there.) Click here for menu and info.

We'll walk along the waterfront. Other options include touring the Peralta Historic Site or hiking through the redwoods in one of Oakland's lovely parks.

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