Plans to take the SS Red Oak Victory out on the Bay as a promotional voyage for the general public have been scuttled for the time being.

It turns out that getting a floating museum shipshape to meet present-day safety and regulatory standards in time for the Nov. 11 outing is beyond the resources of the Richmond Museum Association, which owns the historic World War II ship and depends entirely on the efforts of volunteers.

An announcement about the cancellation was issued this week.

"The Board of the Richmond Museum Association really put a lot of time and thought into this decision, but ultimately we decided not to go until we could do it right," John Ziesenhenne, president of the Board, said in the announcement.

"We were all so excited about Red Oak Victory Ship's 'first sail' since 1968, and the ship's crew has been working long and hard toward this goal, but there is still a lot to do, not to mention the need to meet the Coast Guard requirements, so our new goal is still to sail around the Bay on day cruises as soon as we're fully ship shape."

Plans originally called for the ship to embark under its own power for the first time since it saw duty during the Vietnam War. Those were altered to a voyage powered by tug boats when it was determined the ship's own engines would not be ready.

But safety requirements call for equipment such as life jackets for all aboard and an adequate number of lifeboats that the ship does not have in its original state. Thus the reluctant decision to postpone the cruise.


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The SS Red Oak Victory will be open during the seventh annual Home Front Festival (http://rcoc.com/events/home-front-festival-2013/home-front-festival-2013-2/) on Oct. 12 and will have a table along with the museum at the main celebration at Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond. The museum will have never-before-seen art from Richmond's wartime child care centers to go with this year's festival theme "Kids Can Do It."

The ship at 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond will also host a Veterans Day observance on Nov. 11. The dedication of the restored Riggers Loft, one of the historic buildings from the Kaiser shipyards, is that morning. The ship will be open that day without a boarding fee, and the public is invited to throw carnations in the water in remembrance of those who served.

A box lunch will be available for $20.

For more details, visit www.ssredoakvictory.com or call 510-237-2933.

Donation campaign results: The We Give 2013 campaign, a 36-hour donation drive held this week for more than 90 community service groups serving the greater Richmond area, brought in 467 pledges totaling $42,575, host organization the Richmond Community Foundation announced.

Donations included $10,000 from the Chamberlin Family Foundation.

"Providing access to quality public education changes lives. The Richmond Community Foundation is working to help fill this tremendous need here in West County," Susan Chamberlin, foundation co-founder, said in a statement.

Participating businesses included DP Security, MCE Clean Energy, Mechanics Bank, Nutiva and Richmond Sanitary Services.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: Kudos to San Francisco radio station KFOG, which held an all-day on air donation drive Sept. 19 for the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond. The effort brought in enough, when combined with matching pledges, to provide more than 32,000 meals to the needy.

  • The West County College Access Network presents a Getting Ready for College Conference for 11th- and 12th-graders and parents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Knox Center for the Performing Arts at the corner of Castro Road and El Portal Drive on the campus of Contra Costa College in San Pablo.

    The free event sponsored by the West Contra Costa Ed. Fund will cover areas such as college resources, workshops for parents and workshops on personal statements. There will also be raffle prizes, and free child care is available. To register, visit tinyurl.com/EdFundU.

  • The Hilltop Family YMCA, 4300 Lakeside Drive in Richmond, holds its annual pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $7 per family.

    The Berkeley Film Foundation will hold its annual gala fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way. The evening includes wine, appetizers and a chance to meet the local independent filmmakers who were awarded a combined $120,000 by the foundation in its annual grants. Details: http://berkeleyfilmfoundation2013.eventbrite.com/.

  • The next "Grab-a-Bag" Book Sale at the Richmond Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 2. Fill a bag with any 10 items for $2.

    Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/christreadway. Stay up-to-date on West Contra Costa news at IBABuzz.com/westcounty.