I am looking for the small shop on the island
right as the ferry lands that makes ceramic address plates. They
have been there forever but I cannot find a name to get their
website or phone #. Can you help?
My grandfather Walter Matthew Hart was the Captain of the197 foot
schooner S.V. Pioneer that was based in Balboa harbor during the
1950's and 1960's. He died on March 24th 1949. Today the yacht SV
Pioneer is known as the S.V. Yankee Clipper and is part of the
Windjammer Cruise Line. The Vanderbilt estate sold the yacht to
Mike Burke in 1961. Geoge Vanderbilt fell, was pushed or jumped
from the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, also in 1961. The S.V.
Pioneer (originally the SV Cressida) was build for American
businessmand and cousin of Geroge Vanderbilt in 1927 at the Krupp
German Shipyard. In the late 1930's George Vanderbilt purchased
the yacht and eventually changed the name to the S.V. Pioneer.
There is a great deal of information written and pictures about the
yacht up to 1941/42 when the yacht was leased to the U.S Navy as a
patrol vessel on station in the South Pacific. I have heard all
kinds of stories about the heroic adventures that took place
involving this yacht rescuing sailors, marines and aviators during
World War II in and around Quadacanal; but I can not find any
written articles, documents or information about the ship and crew
from 1942 to 1945. I would really appreciate any amount of
information that anyone has about the S.V. Pioneer, the crew and my
grandfather. I would also be glad to provide copies of the
information and pictures I have to any interested individual.
Walter Matthew "Matt" Hart II
I grew up on the Peninsula. My first job was in
the Pavilion Gift Shop for Orville and Marigold Schlueter in 1969,
The Summer of Love! I followed that with a summer stint for the
Kennedy family as a frostee maker, banana and bar dipper par
excellence next to the carousel in the old Fun Zone. My last and
longest job in the village was as a fry cook at the Bal Beach
Broaster for Bob and Dottie. I still make their delicious cole slaw
on a regular basis! At some point I intend to resume my resident
status in the coolest small town in the big city on earth.
Susan Langlie Upson
Thanks for the Bay Web Cam .. I could watch the
ferries all day! And I can almost smell the bay. I love to watch
when they have three running at once! It's been years since I've
ridden the ferry - I'll make a point of it when I visit this
Just discovered your website. Makes me want to
move to Balboa Island. The ferry webcam is especially interesting
and the quality is the best I've seen for a webcam. Very
informative and well organized website
How does one get a photo of Joseph Allan Beek,
Secretary to the Senate of California for 40 years? I have tried
every means to get one.
I bet you a bottle of cheap wine, they won't help me. I have been
skirting around that branch of the family for years and all I get
is skirting. You would swear I was going to do harm. I am a
retired school teacher 67 years old, writing a little book for
family members about the 11 children of a Joseph Beek who
came from Ireland in 1819. Joseph Allan Beek was a great grandson
of this guy... My husband is a great great grandson of the same
guy. Thanks so much for responding. Love Tales of Balboa. Going
to visit next year.
Hi! I am one of the organizers of the Newport
Elementary School's Hula for Moola held at the Balboa Pavilion. I
would like to have you post our event details, and maybe a link to
our silent auction website? Many of the individuals in your "Faces
of Balboa" section are connected to Newport El. Any help at all is
much appreciated. Thank You!
I was born on 7/15/1984, I'm from Long Beach, California, and am
currently living with my mother in Eugene, Oregon. What I think is
so cool about your website is that you've got a recording of one of
the sweetest little whistles I could ever hear ... The Phoenix! I
remember when my Uncle, Joe Gray, was the captain of the Phoenix.
As a matter of fact, I went sailing on that beautiful boat when it
was on Catalina Island, with Uncle Joey, Aunt Sylvia, Cousin
Gracie, Cousin Windy, and Cousin James. I was probably about three
or four at the time of the lovely sailing adventure, because at
that time, Uncle Joey was the captain. That whistle is so haunting,
it chills me with joy every time I hear it! However, I was slightly
disappointed when I found this out, this particular recording of
the Phoenix whistle doesn't even sound like it's on the ocean at
all! It sounds more like it's in somebody's backyard garden. If the
phoenix was on the ocean, the whistle would have more
reverberation. When it was on Catalina Island, the Phoenix whistle
could be heard throughout the city of Avalon! This is because, as
my mother states it, Catalina Island is surrounded by canyons, so
the Phoenix whistle, or any other boat whistle, can be heard across
the bay, as the sound travels down the canyons, like an auditorium.
Is there any chance you might have a historic recording of the
Phoenix whistle, from Catalina Island? Maybe even a recording of
the whistle, with the diesel engines, would be nice. It's sad to
know that this beautiful boat went down. I, like many other natives
of California, love our Beautiful Phoenix! May she rest in peace.
And maybe someday soon, she'll rise again.