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The Potomac

Jack London Square, Oakland, CA
+1 510-839-8256
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Excellent restoration

This used to be FDR’s vessel when he was president. Afterwards she fell into disrepair and sank... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
Lee M
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Annapolis, Maryland
via mobile
History retold

We had a very knowledgeable guide who obviously enjoyed recounting the history behind the ship... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
RFW1943
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Mill Valley, California
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Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential yacht.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“bay bridge” (4 reviews)
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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

This used to be FDR’s vessel when he was president. Afterwards she fell into disrepair and sank. The have restored her to the time when she was at her best. Capt Tom and the crew could not have been friendlier.

Thank Lee M
Reviewed 16 November 2017

We had a very knowledgeable guide who obviously enjoyed recounting the history behind the ship - and added a little bit of gossip to the story of Roosevelt's floating White House.

Thank RFW1943
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

So fun! Can't believe it still runs. So much history on this yacht. Can catch it in Jack London Square and it takes rides to the Bay Bridge and back. Loved visiting this with my sons 4th grade class.

Thank mariard
Reviewed 21 July 2017

A friend arranged this trip and I didn't know much about it other than the ship had been one that FDR used as President. Since that time the ship has had a rocky history but currently has been restored and supported by an amazing group...More

Thank susie f
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Very surprised! Did not know what to expect but had a great time! Learned a lot! Great cruise to the Bay Bridge and back to Jack London Square. Very knowledgeable tour guides. Very nostalgic and the kids loved it.

Thank mariard
Reviewed 16 October 2015

Was working at the Port of Oakland when the Port bought the Potomac in the early 80, and was part of the restoration. its a floating piece of history that in JLS . Before you go on the ship Please see the Great video in...More

Thank TravelDeFamly
Reviewed 11 July 2015

I took my mom for a birthday cruise around the bay on the U.S.S. Potomac and we had a fantastic time. The weather was gorgeous, as was the boat, and we sailed under the Bay Bridge, very close to Alcatraz, and close to the San...More

1  Thank Christy K
Reviewed 7 July 2015

FDR's yacht sits in the Oakland Estuary waiting for you to take a two hour cruise on the bay or hire it for special occasions. It is not often when one can sit where a US President sat, or, admire the furnishings that he used....More

3  Thank RingoGilkey
Reviewed 30 June 2015

This was Franklin Roosevelts presidential yacht during WWII. It is restored and a good history lesson from a bygone era when threats like ISIS were taken seriously. You can take bay tours as well on certain days.

Thank sqeaker
Reviewed 25 June 2015

The Potomac served as the Presidential Yacht during FDR's terms. Previously it was a Coast Guard ship. Almost wrecked beyond repair the ship ended up in Oakland and was brought back to its original glory by hours and hours of volunteer work by members of...More

1  Thank KarinH5
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