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Address: 540 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607-3746
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A rare find historical treasure related to FDR

This ship has very intriguing story from its glorious day to present day. Thanks to city of Oakland to restore and refitted this sunken ship. For anyone who loves history and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This ship has very intriguing story from its glorious day to present day. Thanks to city of Oakland to restore and refitted this sunken ship. For anyone who loves history and adore FDR, this is a must see. The Docent give all the time to answer the question and explore the entire ship. So glad to see the floating White... More 

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Brookings, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

what a spectacular cruise! we were blessed with a beautifully sunny and warm day out on the bay, which made the cruise the best ever. we went on the 2-hour cruise, which was a perfect length of time. i wouldn't mind taking this cruise again. there is so much to see on the bay (e.g., sf skyline, points of interest... More 

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Piedmont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This was our first time on FDR's presidential yacht and we enjoyed it immensely. It's a two hour cruise of the Bay, from Oakland's Jack London Square to Fisherman's Wharf in SF and return. A comfortable, smooth-riding, wonderfully restored historic ship with a storied past and a friendly, knowledgeable volunteer docent staff that can answer almost any question a passenger... More 

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Sunnyvale, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

The crew and volunteers speak lovingly of the USS Potomac. By the end of this trip you'll want to introduce your friends and family to this grand old lady too. Before she was literally resurrected from the bottom of San Francisco Bay and restored, she had gained a checkered past along with the fatal hole in her hull. The U.S.S.... More 

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

My daughter took me on the Blues Cruise. It is offered the first Sunday of the month. I would advise you to get your tickets early, because it sells out. It is easy to find. It is next to the ferry terminal at Jack London Square. The yacht has been restored and has a lot of interesting history.

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Oakland, California
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Visiting the USS Potomac is a learning experience for most visitors in that it has many rotating exhibits as well as permanents ones. Many planes are on display and even a real space capsule that was picked up from the ocean after returning to earth!

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Great for history buffs - FDR's yacht where history was made - or a least discussed. Remarkably small quarters with interesting artifacts. We went to a unique blue grass show on board.

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Sacramento, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

The USS Potomac is President Franklin D. Roosevelt's private yacht. It is moored at Jack London Square in London and offers cruises of the SF bay. The yacht is restored to its original condition, although it is not opulent in the way one might think of a yacht. FDR preferred a more austere relaxation style and enjoyed fishing and sailing.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We attended a "Blues Cruise" on the boat and had an enjoyable time. The crew was attentive and friendly. The Engineer even gave my wife and I a private tour of the engine room during the cruise. While the band was mediocre at best, the day was sunny and bright with light winds and no clouds. A beautiful day on... More 

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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

The beauty and allure of the pristine waters of the bay around the bay area is breathtaking from the air or on land. But to view all of the bay area in all of it's glory is to go for a cruise on the 165 foot USS Potomac FDR's yacht which was used from 1936 until his death in 1945.... More 

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