The Old Hans Dickmann Boatyard, 1947

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.

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  • May 3, 2023 at 8:15 am

    Back in the late 70’s/early80’s I was a deckhand on the vessel “City of Oceanside. We fished for live bait for the sport fishing boats at Oceanside harbor,Oceanside, CA. We used to pull the boat out every year at the boat yard. I remember Jean and Frank. I also remember eating at the restaurant across the street. I drove my Grandkids up there about 10 years ago and the area has really changed. Most of the old shops were gone. So sad.



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