Presidential Yacht- USS Potomac

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Customer Reviews

19 Ratings

A great historical date to Jack London Square
Eric D. · June 20, 2015
Excellent very personalized tour. Fascinating ship and the tour guides are very knowledgeable and love to answer questions. Worth every penny.
Robert L. · February 17, 2015
Fun And interesting tour
Jo Z. · June 30, 2014

What You'll Get


Getting around a city on foot can be challenging, especially if you have a bad sense of direction or you’re carrying a 6-foot party sub horizontally. Navigate effortlessly with this Groupon.

Choose From Three Options

  • $11 for a guided tour for two (a $20 value)
  • $20 for a guided tour for four (a $40 value)
  • $30 for a guided tour for six (a $60 value)

Tours are held on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours depart up until 2:45 p.m., and are subject to weather conditions. Tours are approximately 45 minutes long, and feature a 15-minute video prior to the tour. It is recommended to call prior to coming to ensure availability.

The Fine Print


Promotional value expires Jul 1, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Call for availability. Subject to weather. Tours held Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 11AM-3PM on first-come, first-served basis. Tours depart until 2:45PM. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About USS Potomac


Most presidents don't have yachts these days. Perhaps they're content with schooners, Air Force Ones, and secret teleporters. But Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a yacht that he treasured to his dying day. The USS Potomac isn't the type of seacraft that ferries playboys sipping mimosas and listening to Hall and Oates. It's a former Coast Guard cutter Electra boasting 416 tons of inertia designed for up to 30 knots of cruising speed; it's intended for authoritarian command. When the Squire of Hyde Park held the reins, the 165-foot vessel played host to political meetings, the very first visit of the British monarchy, and fishing trips, and it even served as a decoy while FDR and Churchill crafted the Atlantic Charter between games of Marco Polo. But when he passed, his sweet ship suffered decades of neglect. Thanks to Elvis Presley, and his mother's fondness of FDR, the ship was rescued and given to Danny Thomas as a fund raiser for St. Jude's Hospital.

From good works to bad...the Potomac wound up busted by the DEA for running drugs between Mexico and San Francisco Bay, and it was impounded at Treasure Island where she sank. Later the Potomac, in gnarly condition, sat on the Oakland Estuary mud flats for 12 more years. Rotting and rusted the once "Queen of the Potomac" was finally rescued and restored between 1983 and 1995.

Now docked at Jack London Square where landlubbers savor dockside tours, the floating testament to the New Deal maker also departs on chartered cruises and history tours. The expert docents give the full dossier on the FDR, his buoyant baby, and the history of San Francisco Bay as tour-goers soak in the sights and high seas.

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