Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Aloha to Monterey Bay and the SS Red Oak Victory

My inlaws drove south of San Francisco to visit Monterey Bay. 

From the City of Monterey's website (link),

Spanish explorer Juan Rodríquez Cabrillo is credited as the first Euro-American to see the bay on November 17, 1542, which he named La Bahia de los Pinos (Bay of Pines). Sixty years later, in December 1602, Sebastián Vizcaíno became the first European to set foot on the shores of the bay which he officially renamed "Monte Rey Bay", in honor of the Viceroy of New Spain who had ordered his expedition. Under a large oak tree overlooking the bay, near what is now Artillery and Pacific Streets, he and his crew of 200 celebrated mass in honor of their safe journey.

It reminds me of my beloved Hawaii.

They also visited Richmond, California, for the SS Red Oak Victory.

From its website (link),

When the SS Red Oak Victory was launched on November 9th, 1944 in the Kaiser Permanente shipyard, she was the 558th ship built in Richmond California for World War II. The SS Red Oak Victory carried ammunition throughout the Pacific Theatre during the last year of the war. 

In the mid-1990s, the SS Red Oak Victory was identified as one of the best preserved ships from the Kaiser Richmond shipyard in the reserve fleet with the potential to become a floating museum. The Richmond Museum Association enlisted the help of Congressman George Miller, who wrote the conveyance language and added it to the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1996.

1 red oak launching

I love this vintage photo of the ship's christening by Mrs. Edna Reiley, wife of W.S. Reiley, M.D., Mayor of Red Oak, Iowa.

Do you have a favorite town by the water - sea, river, lake, etc.?  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, December 6, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, December 7, at SOS Aloha.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. San Francisco

  2. Vancouver, B.C. is my favorite place near the water.

  3. Well, I will have to say my own city, San Diego.....but I love many coastal towns. We were in Monterey in July. It is beautiful there.

  4. Charleston SC - but really anyplace along the water draws me.

  5. I've lived inland for so many years and don't travel any more, so I'd have to say I don't have any favorites.