Newport Beach boating in the 1910s

Check out these old-time boating pictures from Newport Beach in the 1910s! Balboa Beach was called by many “the place for fine boating”–a sentiment as true today as it was a century ago. This is a tranquil view of boating on the bay, with Balboa Island in the distance.  Note the theatre (left of center) …

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Boating and Yacht Clubs

. As the weather warms up, it’s tempting to start readying your boat or yacht and enjoy days on the ocean. You also might find it enjoyable to join a yacht club and become involved. With their convenient proximity to the ocean, both Newport Beach and Corona del Mar are ideal locations for yacht clubs, …

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Cargo Shipping in Newport Beach

Although most don’t associate the affluent Newport Beach of current times with cargo shipping, this area used to be a key freight stop on the Newport Railroad and Newport pier.  The pier, and later the railway, were built by the McFadden brothers after they discovered that they could garner a significant profit by selling lumber …

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The Newport Beach pier before 1910

In 1887, the McFaddens contracted Major Marner to construct the Newport pier.  It was completed the following year.  Initially its piles penetrated the ocean floor only eight feet.  In 1892, a tremendous storm almost wrecked the structure.  The pier, rebuilt in two-months time, had a pile penetration of 15 feet. In 1892, when 600 feet …

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