|THE NEWPORT LANDING BELLE
The Newport Landing Belle was launched on September 27, 1994, and has
been delivering fun to Balboa visitors ever since.
This stern wheel paddle boat was designed from an old original
drawing of a packet type Ohio river boat, a small freighter of its day. Custom built by
the Stern Wheel Boat Company of Parkersberg, W.V. to meet all Coast Guard requirements. As
much wood as feasible was used to insure the boat would be as authentic as possible.
The Belle's steering wheel is
made of traditional red oak
The 26 ton, 66 foot boat was trucked
from West Virginia to the Newport Harbor Ship Yard and launched with the use of a travel
lift. With a capacity of 57 passengers, Jim Watts, the owner, stated in 1994 that he
planed to use the boat for private parties, cocktail cruises, and even dinner cruises in
association with Newport Landing. Jim says, "I've got all kinds of ideas, but
sometimes the timing overlaps." Jim further states he would like to include some
harbor cruises if possible. The addition of a banjo player, or even a Dixieland Band for
atmosphere is under consideration. In keeping with as much authenticity as possible, the
boat's lower deck has an old style type of "Bull Railing," which was originally
designed to be removed for the loading of cattle. In accordance with tradition, the paddle
wheel is painted red. Any color other then red is considered bad luck. And the steering
wheel is made of traditional red oak. Jim believes the Newport Landing Belle is the only
true rear paddle wheel boat in operation in the Western United States.
Our Newport Beach
Library is celebrating its 80th anniversary and is preparing an anniversary card with the
signatures of all the library's patrons to be presented to the City Council at their
November 28, 2000 meeting. If you have not yet signed this card, please go to any
branch of our library and show that you care with your signature.
Winner Jaime Carillo Is Number 572
At The Left Front,.
The Second Annual Balboa Performing
Arts Theatre 5K Run For The Arts was held on Saturday November 28, 2000, with 385 entries.
Winner was 21 year old Jaime Carrillo who finished in 16 minutes 34 seconds.
you don't vote
you forfeit your right to gripe.
Didn't Vote? Shut Up.
Snow In Balboa October 1, 1949
This photo was taken by Frank Crocker,
Balboa's first Fire Chief. Photo is looking south across Central Ave ... this home was
located at the corner of G Street and Central Avenue (now Balboa Boulevard) right where
Miramar Drive veers off.... it was torn down in the 70's and in it's place 3 homes were
constructed.... The Crockers lived across the street from that place on the north side of
If you've been wondering what the
large letter X has been painted in the streets is for, here's the answer. They're for the
aerial photo-mapping that is now going on. Map makers use these markers to align the
3/24/29 - 10/21/00
Ray along with his
wife Dorothy, owned and operated the Fun Zone Boat Co. Ray was responsible for acquiring
the Glass Bottom Boat, M.S.Phoenix from Avalon and bringing it to Balboa. He was well
liked by everyone who knew him, and will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held
aboard the M.S. Phoenix at the Balboa Fun Zone on Saturday, November 4, 2000 at 11:00 A.M.
Words Of Wisdom
"You'll be entering a cryogenic
chamber where you will be frozen until such time as you can be revived and brought back
into society to serve a useful purpose." Things they tell turkeys.