Today is the 15th anniversary of the Red Oak Victory Model Shipwrights group that meets at Pt. Richmond, CA. The group, currently meets aboard the SS Red Oak Victory at 10:30am on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Tom Bottomley, who has headed that group since the beginning is, stepping down, taking a well deserved rest after so many years of leadership, and member Charlie Moran will be taking the helm.
Some months ago, I poked fun at the group’s third name since I first attended the meetings. But, admittedly, the nature of the club has changed and the current name makes sense and solidifies its ties with the historic ship. For me, I’ve never felt comfortable carrying my projects up the gangway and through the narrow passages, and into the confines of the small Petty Officers’ Mess, where the meetings take place. So, I stopped going to the meetings. I’d hoped for an eventual relocation, but the name change made it clear that was not going to happen.
Still, the club has remained active under Tom’s great leadership and will hopefully continue do so for many years to come with Charlie leading the way. I’ve always stayed in touch with Tom and still officially on the newsletter list, and I continue to wish the gang much success.
If you live in the area and are interested in ship modeling, you should contact the group. At the moment, the contact is still listed as Tom Bottomley and you can reach him at bottomleythomas at aol dot com (just replace the at with the “@” symbol and the dot with an actual “.”).
The SS Red Oak Victory, by the way, is part of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park. She was launched in 1944 and is the last surviving cargo ship built at the Kaiser/Richmond Shipyards. Her restoration is an ongoing project, but she’s looking very good thanks to the Richmond Museum of History and their volunteers.
If you’re in the area, you should really take the time to visit the ship.