RICHMOND — The SS Red Oak Victory is going back to the ’50s on Sept. 2, with a supper club-type dinner, drinks and dance, to jazz from the Blue Note Era performed by the John Kalleen Group, described by organizers as “a tight, creative band that swings like mad and is a blast to listen to.”
On display near the historic ship, one of 747 built at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards as part of the nation’s involvement in World War II, will be classic cars and hot rods from the 1950s and ’60s.
Admission to the ship, plus dinner, a glass of beer or wine, and dancing or just listening to the jazz quintet, costs $ 60 per person. The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite. Participants who bring a pre-1970 classic car or military vehicle can park it next to the ship. The driver of the car and one guest will be admitted to the dinner and dance for only $ 20 per person. Tickets for those who bring a pre-1970 classic car can be purchased here.
The ship is at 1337 Canal Blvd., Berth 6A in the Port of Richmond.
Built in 1944, the Red Oak Victory served in World War II, as well as during the Korean and Vietnam wars, and is now a museum. A tour of the ship includes the captain’s quarters, bridge, radio room, galley, cargo holds, and engine room.