The USS Potomac served as President's Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidential yacht from 1936 until his death in 1945. The boat was nicknamed the floating white house. More than a quarter of a million people have visited the USS Potomac since it opened to the public in the summer of 1995. $5 million was spent over a 12-year period to restore the 165-foot-long vessel.
After FDR's death in April 1945, the Potomac was inactive. The ship was raised and dumped on the East Bay Estuary where it sat. A week away from being sold as scrap the ship was rescued by the Port of Oakland and the process of restoration was begun. It was even used as a front for drug smuggling and was owned temporarily by rock and roll legend Elvis Presley.
Currently the USS Potomac offers cruise opportunities to Angel Island, the Bay Model, and the Bridges of the Bay. They also do special holiday cruises on Mother's day, Father's Day, Fourth of July, and fleet week. It can also be booked for private events such as parties, videos, movies, weddings, and corporate events. The Dockside tours are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and last 45 minutes.