SS Red Oak Victory needs volunteers

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Red Oak Victory to close for restoration work

The SS Red Oak Victory needs volunteer docents to help explain the ship’s history to visitors.

The ship, which in 1944 became the 558th ship built in Richmond for WWII, also needs volunteers in areas such as events, marketing, engineering, fundraising and also to perform work on the deck, officials said.

Volunteers will be trained, so no worries about lacking a background as a docent. However, having a genuine interest in ships and the history of Richmond and the Kaiser Shipyards are a must.

“The only job requirement is an interest in being part of the crew and having fun,” Chief Docent Alan Burn said.

Volunteers will also be part of an exciting project on the ship. Since 1998, there has been an ongoing effort to make the ship operational again for the first time since 1968. Officials hope the ship will be operational sometime this year.

The ship is open to the public on weekends and two days during the week (Tuesday and Thursday) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The environment is casual and the hours are flexible.

Anyone interested should contact Burns by phone or email at (415) 847-8501 or aburns50@yahoo.com.

“We will be glad to show you around and talk about making the SS Red Oak Victory thrive again,” Burns said.

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