||Above, Enjoying the outing are from left, Presentation Sisters Rosemary Campi, Christina Pizzorno and Margaret Webster, who said, "I remembered all the times we took the ferry to Treasure Island to see the World's Fair." At left, Presentation Sisters Rita Jovick, left, and Bernice Gotelli enjoyed hot tea to warm up while taking in the view of San Francisco. Sister Rita says, "I was a small child learning to read during WWII. I remember asking my mother, What do they put in the newspaper headlines when there is no war?"
Presentation Sisters take a Bay cruise
on Presidential Yacht Potomac
"She's eighty and still cruising." This is what is said about the Presidential Yacht, USS Potomac. Eight Presentation Sisters had the opportunity on Oct. 20, to be passengers.
Ray O'Brien, a devoted friend of the late Sister Cleta Herold, PBVM, and a docent on the yacht, made the arrangements for the Sisters to be the guests on the two-hour cruise that embarked from Jack London Square.
The USS Potomac was Franklin Delano Roosevelt's floating White House. The narrator on our tour told us about FDR's days on the ship (1936-1945), and the dramatic history of the vessel. He also told us about the buildings and the historic bridges that we could see as we sailed around San Francisco Bay.
Sister Christina Pizzorno, PBVM, says, "It was an honor to be on the Presidential Yacht. I was in the eighth grade when FDR died, but I heard about all the good he did. My three brothers were in World War II, two served in the Army and one in the Air Force. All three are now with God."
Sister Margaret Webster, PBVM, says, "FDR was our US president when I was born. When he died I was in grammar school and I asked my mother, now what? She said now we elect a new president."
Sister Janet Harris, PBVM, says, "My grandfather was a merchant ship captain and my father would spend his summers on the ship. It was great to get a taste of their sea experience."
Sister Joanne O'Shea, PBVM, and Sister Rosemary Campi, PBVM, say, "Our thoughts went back to President Roosevelt because we lived through those times. We are thankful for a wonderful President and for his good work with the Works Progress Administration. Being on Roosevelt's floating White House was very educational, inspirational and a lot of fun was had by all."
The Presidential Yacht, USS Potomac is a National Historic Landmark, a member of the Association of California Museums and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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