Inaugural Rosie Ride set for riveting ferry adventure through history

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Rosie Ride takes passengers on a riveting ferry adventure through history
Photos by Kathy Chouteau.

A group of Bay Area partners are welcoming the community aboard for the inaugural “Rosie Ride: A Riveting Ferry Adventure” Sat., Sept. 16 at 2:05 p.m., embarking from San Francisco to sail across the bay to the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park on the Richmond waterfront.

The history-packed adventure will not only sail past historic points of interest along the Richmond waterfront—with an audio tour to boot—but will also include a self-guided history tour of the Rosie the Riveter museum. The ferry leaves San Francisco Ferry Terminal Gate F at 2:05 p.m. Saturday afternoon, and following a day of enrichment, departs Richmond to arrive in San Francisco at 5:50 p.m. Participants should purchase their own ferry tickets, however, the event is free.

Aboard the ferry, participants can use the National Park Service app for an audio tour re: three World War II historic sights visible from the ferry near Richmond. This will include Shipyard 3, where more than 747 vessels were built in Richmond Kaiser Shipyards during World War II; the SS Red Oak Victory Ship, last survivor of those 747 ships; and the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, the largest of its kind on the West Coast that converted to wartime production during World War II, per organizers.

Once on land, a National Park Service Ranger will greet attendees, who will start a self-guided 90-minute tour of the nearby Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center. Organizers said “attendees will learn about the efforts and sacrifices of American civilians on the World War II Home Front” and that the Visitor Education Center features interactive and educational exhibits. Kids will be able to enjoy special activities as well.

Wondering where food comes into the picture? Organizers note that the ferry has snacks/drinks available for purchase, while Assemble Kitchen is next to the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center.

To reserve your free spot for the Rosie Ride: A Riveting Ferry Adventure (ferry tickets not included), click here. The special day along the bay is made possible thanks to a collaboration among the San Francisco Bay Ferry, the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical ParkRosie the Riveter Trust and Transbay Coalition during Transit Month.