NEWPORT BEACH—If there’s one thing that stands out about Newport Beach, it’s that it’s a boater’s town and has been from the beginning. Newport made a large portion of its wealth from the oceanfront as seen from this photo that dates back to 1947.
Hans Dickmann’s boat repair shop can be seen here. Dickmann, a German immigrant, founded his shop in Newport Harbor’s Rhine Channel in 1933. According to an article by The Daily Pilot, his repair shop became well known. David Rose, a composer and Judy Garland’s first husband, was a client. Eventually, due to increasing property costs, the boatyard was retired.
Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives.