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About Us

Red and White is a piece of San Francisco history and one of the oldest businesses operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 1892, a seventeen-year-old Thomas Crowley launched the company by buying a Whitehall boat with $80 he had saved. He used to supply the tall ships anchored in San Francisco Bay.

The company's tour boat business began operations in 1915 to serve the Panama Pacific International Exposition, a world's fair held in San Francisco that year.

Even today, Red and White is still independent - family owned and operated.

The product we sell is a memory. The memory of seeing, feeling and hearing San Francisco and the Bay from the water, maybe for the first time. The friendliness of our staff, the quality of our vessels, the rich content of our narration, the delicious drinks onboard, all contribute to creating the best memories for our guests.

We are committed to environmental sustainability and community education.

We wish to serve our guests any way we can. If you have questions or concerns before, during or after your trip, please reach out!

Ford Model A parked next to the box office with three boats in the background.
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