Ever wonder who lived on our local shores before Collins dredged the bay? Before there even was a bay? You have heard the names: Balboa, Cabrillo, Portola, Sepulveda, Yorba, Irvine, Dunnells, McFadden, but do you really know who they were and how they influenced our lives?
On February 19, 2016, Schmid, CEO of The Association for the Preservation of the Presidential Yacht Potomac, visited the museum. This vessel was FDR’s “Floating White House.” Today it is a National Historic Landmark in Oakland, CA. Ms. Schmidt came to Balboa Island to interview Island resident Bill Stewart who rescued the derelict [...]
Long-time Balboa Island resident Bill Stewart, 86, has been an avid collector of maritime collectibles for 50+ years, and has generously loaned a portion of his nautical library to the Museum. “My hobby for many years has been duplicating the arts of the ancient mariner, including a collection of ships in bottles - with my [...]