UPDATE: Everything below has changed. We learned just now that the move of the SS Red Oak Victory has been postponed
The SS Red Oak Victory closed to the public on Friday and leaves the Port of Richmond next week. The historic ship, taken out of service and mothballed decades ago, isn’t sailing into the sunset, but being towed into dry dock for major work that will mean its rebirth as a functioning vessel.
A $700,000 federal grant and local donations of cash and services are enabling the project that will make the Red Oak seaworthy once more.
Work will include cleaning, repairing and painting the hull and plans are to have the ship back in Richmond and open for tours around Oct. 8.
The official welcome celebration will be at the Home Front Festival on Oct. 15.