Today this spot is occupied by the Fun Zone, where boats of all kinds are still available for rent. Bay Island is visible in the distance.
By the early 1920s, many houses dotted Balboa Island, but the hills beyond remained undeveloped.
Visitors wait to board launches to East Newport or Rocky Point.
From rowboats to yachts, ships of all shapes and sizes have called Newport home.
Newport has been a place of boatbuilding since 1917, when Tom Broadway opened a shop on the peninsula. But nothing topped the Newport Beach Boat Works, which opened its doors in 1928 and took only two years to become the largest industry in the harbor district, with an annual payroll of $80,000.
This ship starred in Captain Blood, a 1924 silent film. The water tower to the left supplied fresh water for residents of Balboa Island.
These pictures and details are entirely from Jeff Delaney’s book, Newport Beach. Jeff Delaney’s website is located at www.NewportBeachPostcards.com.
To see more pictures and read more history on the Newport Beach area, please browse my “Local History” section!