RICHMOND -- A pair of events are being held this weekend celebrating SS Red Oak Victory and the volunteers who have worked to restore the historic World War II ship.

Thomas Bottomley will be signing copies of his new book about the SS Red Oak Victory at a special free event at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Park visitors center, 1414 Harbour Way South.

The new work, "The Lone Survivor" tells the story of the historic ship from its construction at the Kaiser shipyards in 1944, to its service in three wars and subsequent use as a freighter, to its ongoing restoration after the Red Oak was rescued from the mothball fleet at Suisun Bay and brought to back to Richmond.

Bottomley is a retired boating journalist who served as a radio intercept operator with Gen. George Patton's Third Army during World War II. Bottomley has been a volunteer on the Red Oak since 1998.

For directions to the visitor center visit www.nps.gov/rori/.

  • Also this weekend is a reception opening the photo exhibit "The Volunteer Story of the SS Red Oak Victory" at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Harbormaster Building at the Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, 1340 Marina Way South.

    The exhibit "detailing the inspiring story of how volunteers saved a 1944 Kaiser-built cargo ship destined to be scrapped" continues through April 30 at the Harbormaster Building, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.