SS Red Oak Victory is within Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, 1.5 mi. s. off the I-580 Canal Blvd. exit, following signs to 1337 Canal Blvd., Berth 6A. (Note: This is an active port area with heavy industrial equipment; the speed limit is 5 mph.) Launched in 1944, this 455-foot-long cargo ship is the only vessel built at the shipyard that is being restored. It served during World War II, the Korean War and in Vietnam.
The ship not only functions as a maritime museum providing an overview of the wartime efforts of everyday citizens but is also a testament to the production skills of industrialist Henry J. Kaiser. Kaiser established Richmond's Kaiser Shipyards, which built cargo ships known as Liberty ships for the war effort, and gained world renown for adapting efficient construction techniques that enabled the vessels to be completed in an average time of just 45 days. Docent-led tours provide access to the main deck, officer's mess hall, captain's office and stateroom, chart room, the engine and boiler chamber and the inside hold.
Note: Ship access requires being able to walk up a steep ramp and climb stairs.