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USS Potomac

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Address: 540 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607-3746
Phone Number: 510 627 1215
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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A fun way to cruise the San Francisco bay

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Mary A
Sacramento, CA
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Sacramento, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Bushido104
Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank darrellreeves
Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Went on an afternoon cruise aboard the USS Potomac as part of an organised event. The ship has been lovingly restored and maintained by a group of passionate volunteers. Many original features are preserved with tit bits of information provided. The crew are only too happy to give further information and insights into the history of the ship. As an... More 

Thank 609Kevin
Hayward, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's yacht is on display at Jack London Square and available for short rides and harbor cruises. The diesel powered ship was modified to be wheelchair-accessible for FDR.

Thank John C
San Leandro, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We went on the USS Potomac for my son's 4th grade field trip. I have to say I was dreading the trip on a rough day in the bay. BUT...it turned out to be a GREAT trip. Very historical and wonderful to have a knowledgable tour guide to tell us stories of the past about the yacht. I was astonished... More 

1 Thank mariard
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

I took my grandson to see it ...its a must see full of history ,The veterans volunteers are full of knowledge.my Dad was a seamen in England .and then on the ferry's in Canada so I love ships

Thank 153jayner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

Gloomy day meant we had our own personal tour guide. Historical video and top to bottom fore and aft visit of an interesting SHIP. History we could really touch. Can't wait to go on one of the cruises aboard the Potomac.

Thank Dave T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

We didn't go on a cruise as they aren't available in the winter (unless a charter), but we did a tour on a chilly, blustery March day. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing this wonderful boat. It was used for fishing getaways by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as well as for some official meetings (King George and Queen Elisabeth were once guests).... More 

1 Thank KittyGritty
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016 via mobile

Nice to see the rather simple yacht used by President Franklin Roosevelt...rather unassuming, but probably right given the war years. It's perched right near the ferry, so take a few minutes to give it its due.

Thank PlatinumHoney

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