California's Gold with Huell Howser

Newport Boats

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Huell visits Newport Beach to learn about two historic "boats." Family owned since 1919, Balboa Island Ferry has provided continuous service between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula.

Huell is off to an evening cruise aboard John Wayne's famous yacht, the Wild Goose. Wayne bought the boat, which was originally a minesweeper in World War II, in 1965 and converted it into a luxury yacht that served as a backdrop for celebrity functions, family vacations, and infamous poker sessions with such luminaries as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Bob Hope. The last captain of the ship shares some wonderful stories about this historic vessel.