Newport Beach boating in the 1910s

Check out these old-time boating pictures from Newport Beach in the 1910s!

Balboa Beach boaters, c. 1912

Balboa Beach boaters, c. 1912

Balboa Beach was called by many “the place for fine boating”–a sentiment as true today as it was a century ago.

Newport Bay, Balboa, c. 1915

Typical Scene on Newport Bay, Balboa, c. 1915

This is a tranquil view of boating on the bay, with Balboa Island in the distance.  Note the theatre (left of center) and the white arch in front of it.

Boating in Balboa, c. 1915

Boating in Balboa, c. 1915

A women’s group aboard the Rowena steers west, parallel to the peninsula.

Newport Bay, at Balboa, c. 1913

Scene on Newport Bay, at Balboa, c. 1913

Although Corona del Mar had been subdivided in 1904, few houses had been built by the time this photograph was taken almost a decade later.

The Fremont, in Balboa, c. 1919

The old slave ship, the Fremont, Balboa, c. 1919

Returning from a day of motion picture work at sea, the Fremont wrecked on the sandbar at the harbor entrance.  The following Sunday, the ship, built in Philadelphia in 1852, was dynamited.  A number of stock movie shots were made of the wreck, which appeared in films over the next several years.

All photos and descriptions are from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach.

If you’re interested in finding out more of Newport Beach’s history, and in viewing more old photos, browse my “Local History” section.

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