The SS Red Oak Victory is located in the harbor of the Richmond bay where we recently celebrated our 75th Anniversary afloat from our creation here in the historic Richmond dockyards.
The SS Red Oak Victory, a partner of the Richmond Museum of History, is dedicated to preserving local maritime history and honor the brave men and Rosies who worked aboard and helped build our vessel. Being one of the few victory ships commissioned by the US Navy during WWII, our ship served as a cargo carrier and saw action in Pearl Harbor and South Tokyo. Post war our ship changed hands from the US Navy to the US Maritime Commission where we successfully sailed for 21 years in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, and supported service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In the 1970’s we transferred to Ready Reserve and re-opened as a museum galley to the general public in 1998 after we returned back to our home in Richmond.
Our volunteer staff is comprised of passionate individuals from all walks of life. We work to reinvigorate the museum, gain new support within the community and seeks to become more relevant to the modern residents of Richmond. Your support to our nonprofit organization allows us to grow our museum and supports our ship to function as a community an alternative event space and rental.
The SS Red Oak Victory Ship and Historical museum seeks volunteers to help with docenting, public programs, and events in the community. While volunteers from all backgrounds are welcome, our historic vessel at this time can not accommodate ADA access due to the original construction of our ship. Please help us support and spread the word of the restoration of the SS Red Oak Victory!
The mission of the Richmond Museum Association is to preserve, display and educate about the history of Richmond, California and the surrounding area.
The Richmond Musuem Association (RMA) operates the Richmond Museum of History, located in a historic Carnegie Library. The Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 1-4PM for a small admission fee. The largest artifact in the museum collection is the SS Red Oak Victory, a Victory Ship built in 1944 for use in the Pacific Theatre in World War II. The ship is open for docent lead and self guided tours on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10-3.
The Richmond Museum Association (RMA) offers volunteer opportunities for people of all walks of life. Our community of like-minded volunteers works toward a common goal to inspire people through Richmond history. RMA will make you feel welcome whether you seek to develop professional skills, deepen your own personal interests or just want to feel more connected to the past. The Museum and SS Red Oak Victory depend on volunteers with a wide range of skills so we can accomplish goals like operating the ship under her own power or ensuring every local student visits the Museum once during elementary school. We offer a wide range of positions to fit diverse skill sets including everything from greeting guests to education to ship restoration and everything in between. Volunteering is fun and fulfilling, leading to health benefits and enhanced quality of life, so join us today!