A quick tour of Richmond’s floating wonder
By Zach Chouteau
An unforgettable way to explore Richmond’s history involves finding your sea legs, trekking up an elongated gangplank and leaving dry land behind.
For the newest ‘Rich Life’ adventure we did just that, boarding the Red Oak Victory—a massive 455-foot-long warship at the end of Canal Boulevard—and meeting up with Lorraine Reiger, who manages the venue’s events and helps oversee the gift shop.
Reiger took us through a marvelous mini-museum, on-ship cinema, colorful gift shop and many of the ship’s hidden nooks and crannies as well. While many locals know about the Red Oak Victory, what might be news to some is the slate of intriguing happenings taking place aboard the humongous munitions carrier, which took part in WW2, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict.
The vital venue is home to pancake breakfasts, movie festivals and festive functions like the upcoming 1940s Big Band Swing Dance on May 13. The Red Oak Victory is part of the Richmond Museum Association, which also oversees the Richmond History Museum. To find out more, visit their website at www.richmondmuseum.org.”