Richmond in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
“Victory ships were a bigger, complicated ship."
Reverend Ross Hidy, pastor
—S.S. Red Oak Victory —
The S.S. Red Oak Victory was named for Red Oak, Iowa -- the town that lost more of its men, per capita, than any other community in the United States. On a single day - March 6, 1943 - more than 100 telegrams arrived in Red Oak informing families throughout the community of soldiers missing in action.
Cruising Speed -- 16 knots
Fuel Oil Capacity -- 802,767 gallons
Deadweight -- 10,759 long tons
Lightweight -- 4,451 long tons
Displacement -- 15,210 long tons
Breadth (Molded) -- 62 feet
Length (Overall) -- 455 feet - 3 inches
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior.
Location. 37° 54.312′ N, 122° 21.914′ W. Marker is in Richmond, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on Canal Boulevard near Seacliff Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "I was truly there and did my part to the end." -- Addie Mae Cance, former shipyard worker (here, next to this marker); "It was a real workhorse." -- Jim Cannon, Marketing Director, Levin-Richmond Terminal Corp (a few steps from this marker); Dynamic Wartime Port (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Ford Assembly Building (approx. half a mile away); The Home Front Legacy (approx. half a mile away); War Boomtown (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wartime Changes (approx. 0.6 miles away); Clay, Kilns & Brick (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. This marker is on the dock next to the S.S. Red Oak Victory.
Also see . . .
1. Victory ship -- Wikipedia. The Victory ship was a class of cargo ship produced in large numbers by North American shipyards during World War II to replace losses caused by German submarines. Based on the earlier Liberty ship, they were slightly larger and had more powerful engines for better evading U-boats. A total of 531 Victory ships were built. (Submitted on May 24, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. List of Victory Ships -- Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 24, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 24, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.