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USS Potomac, Oakland

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Ship
USS Potomac (AG-25), formerly USCGC Electra, was Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential yacht from 1936 until his death in 1945. On 3 August 1941, she played a decoy role while Roosevelt held a secret conference to develop the Atlantic Charter.

USS Potomac and USS Sequoia are the last two existing U.S. presidential yachts, after USS Williamsburg was scrapped in January 2016. She is now preserved in Oakland, California, as a National Historic Landmark and the only presidential yacht open to the public.
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  • Frankly, touring the Potomac was a lot more interesting than I though it was going to be. I'll credit our guide, Bud Beal, who was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. It was surprising....  more »
  • We were incredibly lucky with the weather - clear, sunny skies, light breeze. The water was calm even further into the Bay. A preview film in the adjacent office describes the ship's history from...  more »
  • Sign up for one of the periodic sailings. The boat has been brilliantly restored to be as it was for Roosevelt. Lots of interesting commentary as you sail around the bay. Great views of the bay bridge, Alcatraz, and the city skyline. A wonderful way to spend a few hours on the bay.
  • The trip around the bay was fantastic, very knowledgable docents. Also family friendly. This truly is a jewel of the bay.

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