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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | February 10, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Harbor officials don't get this type of application often. Newport Beach yacht racer and businessman Chris Welsh has applied to park his deep-sea submarine atop a 125-foot long, 60-foot wide catamaran in the middle of the bay. Harbor commissioners approved his application Wednesday night, which clears one hurdle in Welsh's audacious plan to dive to the deepest points of the world's five oceans. With the high-tech "flying" submarine and its mother ship already purchased, Welsh has been assembling a team of scientists, engineers and filmmakers.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | April 5, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — They are a pair of wealthy risk-takers from opposite sides of the Pond coming together for the first time to embark on a deep sea adventure. But some rich men have more money than other rich men. And so Sir Richard Branson, the British billionaire-adventurer who founded the Virgin Group of companies, is sponsoring Newport Beach real estate investor and millionaire Chris Welsh's submarine expedition to the world's deepest ocean depths. The two men announced their plans Tuesday at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, where Welsh belongs as a member.
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By Mike Reicher | June 23, 2012
An ambitious ocean exploration project sponsored by Sir Richard Branson appears to be floundering in the waters of Newport Beach. The Five Dives Expedition previewed at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club last spring, with international news reporters flocking to see Branson atop a high-tech submarine. But more than a year after the splashy announcement, the sub has still not performed a manned practice dive, and local organizer Chris Welsh has pleaded with city officials to give him $320 free monthly rent on a mooring for the 125-foot mothership catamaran, the Cheyenne.
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By Sarah Peters | October 4, 2011
COSTA MESA - All is fair in love and (submarine) war. Popular East Coast submarine sandwich franchise Jersey Mike's plans to open Wednesday at 2300 Harbor Blvd. in a plaza already occupied by Subway and Albertsons, which both feature made-to-order subs. To kick off the business, diners can exchange a special coupon though Sunday to get a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to support Newport Harbor, Estancia, Corona del Mar and Costa Mesa high schools. More than 14,000 coupons have been distributed to the schools and surrounding businesses.
NEWS
July 15, 2001
Jennifer K Mahal A melted white "shot glass" sends chills up the spine. This is what a regular-size Styrofoam cup looks like after being trailed behind a Navy deep-sea exploration submersible. "The water pressure squeezes all the air out of the Styrofoam," said Marcus DeChevrieux, curator of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. The tremendous pressure of the ocean, the camaraderie between sailors and the powerful design of Navy submarines are explored in the museum's latest exhibit, "Submarines, From Nemo to Nuclear."
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | March 31, 2011
Billionaire space explorer Sir Richard Branson is coming to Newport Beach next week to announce a new "challenge. " "The Virgin brand has reached many places — the seven continents of the Earth, up into the jet stream and soon, even into space," according to a news release. "There is only one frontier left ... " Branson will give full details Tuesday. Branson has said before that he wants to explore the deepest parts of the world's oceans, and started Virgin Oceanic to complement the Virgin airlines brands and Virgin Galactic, the space tourism brand.
NEWS
March 18, 2003
With the specter of war again upon us, it might be timely to discuss the militarization of our city during World War II. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, as far as Californians were concerned, the next step of the Japanese war machine was, quite logically, the coast of California. While we now know that the sole attack on our shores was the night a Japanese submarine surfaced near Santa Barbara and lobbed a few shells at some oil rigs in Goleta, at that time California could visualize Japanese soldiers storming ashore at almost any place along the coast.
FEATURES
September 10, 2008
The RMS Queen Mary has been berthed in Long Beach since 1967. It has since become a floating hotel, restaurant, museum and special events facility. Its maiden voyage was on Dec. 1, 1930 — just 18 years after the sinking of the Titanic, its sister White Star Line ship. At more than 1,000 feet long, the ship is nearly the length of three football fields, and had a capacity of more than 2,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members. During World War II, the Queen Mary was responsible for transporting troops; this element of her history can still be seen onboard the ship.
NEWS
November 3, 2004
Kenneth Richard Wong, 16 of Newport Beach, earned the Boy Scouts' highest rank, Eagle Scout, in June 2004 after completing his service project by building 27 wooden benches at the Isaiah Catholic Worker House in Santa Ana. Kenneth has 46 merit badges and is Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 90 in Newport Beach. He is a junior at Corona del Mar High School and son of Newport Beach residents Ken and Mary Wong. ... Navy Seaman Apprentice Kevin Olson, a 2000 graduate of Newport Harbor High School, recently graduated from the Basic Enlisted Submarine Course at Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn.
NEWS
July 22, 2001
"That's why I love doing what I do. I've lost so many foot chases on the ground. But when I'm flying, I know the bad guys don't stand a chance." -- Officer K.C. Gleason, an Airborne Law Enforcement pilot, on why he likes his job. "He said, 'I don't want to be in a submarine, Dad.' 'Why not?' 'See the guys on top of the torpedoes?' " -- Dick Cooper, Newport Beach Nautical Museum volunteer, on his grandson's reaction to visiting a submarine in San Diego.
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By Mike Reicher | June 23, 2012
An ambitious ocean exploration project sponsored by Sir Richard Branson appears to be floundering in the waters of Newport Beach. The Five Dives Expedition previewed at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club last spring, with international news reporters flocking to see Branson atop a high-tech submarine. But more than a year after the splashy announcement, the sub has still not performed a manned practice dive, and local organizer Chris Welsh has pleaded with city officials to give him $320 free monthly rent on a mooring for the 125-foot mothership catamaran, the Cheyenne.
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By Sarah Peters | March 23, 2012
Dan Huston, a Laguna Beach resident, community advocate and World War II veteran, has died. He was 90. As an active member of the Freedom Committee of Orange County, a group of veterans from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, Huston was a frequent and lively speaker at Laguna and Newport-Mesa Unified schools and community events. He died at Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach on March 15, eight days shy of his 91st birthday and hours before he was scheduled to share his war experiences with students at Corona del Mar high school.
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By Sarah Peters | October 4, 2011
COSTA MESA - All is fair in love and (submarine) war. Popular East Coast submarine sandwich franchise Jersey Mike's plans to open Wednesday at 2300 Harbor Blvd. in a plaza already occupied by Subway and Albertsons, which both feature made-to-order subs. To kick off the business, diners can exchange a special coupon though Sunday to get a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to support Newport Harbor, Estancia, Corona del Mar and Costa Mesa high schools. More than 14,000 coupons have been distributed to the schools and surrounding businesses.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | April 5, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — They are a pair of wealthy risk-takers from opposite sides of the Pond coming together for the first time to embark on a deep sea adventure. But some rich men have more money than other rich men. And so Sir Richard Branson, the British billionaire-adventurer who founded the Virgin Group of companies, is sponsoring Newport Beach real estate investor and millionaire Chris Welsh's submarine expedition to the world's deepest ocean depths. The two men announced their plans Tuesday at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, where Welsh belongs as a member.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | March 31, 2011
Billionaire space explorer Sir Richard Branson is coming to Newport Beach next week to announce a new "challenge. " "The Virgin brand has reached many places — the seven continents of the Earth, up into the jet stream and soon, even into space," according to a news release. "There is only one frontier left ... " Branson will give full details Tuesday. Branson has said before that he wants to explore the deepest parts of the world's oceans, and started Virgin Oceanic to complement the Virgin airlines brands and Virgin Galactic, the space tourism brand.
NEWS
February 15, 2011
It's the day after Valentine's Day, and I'm still full of red-hot passion. Here's where my heart lies: I'm in love with the proposed submarine base in Newport Harbor. It has a very James Bond vibe to it. Newport Beach yachtsman Chris Welsh (I wonder if he lives in a lair) wants to put a deep-sea sub on a 125-foot catamaran moored in the bay. Walsh plans to pilot the sub to the deepest reaches of the world's five oceans — an inverse version of summiting the highest mountain on each of the Earth's seven continents.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | February 10, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Harbor officials don't get this type of application often. Newport Beach yacht racer and businessman Chris Welsh has applied to park his deep-sea submarine atop a 125-foot long, 60-foot wide catamaran in the middle of the bay. Harbor commissioners approved his application Wednesday night, which clears one hurdle in Welsh's audacious plan to dive to the deepest points of the world's five oceans. With the high-tech "flying" submarine and its mother ship already purchased, Welsh has been assembling a team of scientists, engineers and filmmakers.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | May 13, 2010
The competition was to create a project that would help the community, but four sixth-grade students at Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach created something that would not only make Surf City safer, but hopefully stop a tragedy from happening again. The remote-operated vehicle, or ROV, is designed to go underwater and has a video camera to help lifeguards detect dangerous objects and animals that could be lurking in the water — an idea that was inspired by the death of 11-year-old Junior Lifeguard Allyssa Squirrell.
FEATURES
September 10, 2008
The RMS Queen Mary has been berthed in Long Beach since 1967. It has since become a floating hotel, restaurant, museum and special events facility. Its maiden voyage was on Dec. 1, 1930 — just 18 years after the sinking of the Titanic, its sister White Star Line ship. At more than 1,000 feet long, the ship is nearly the length of three football fields, and had a capacity of more than 2,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members. During World War II, the Queen Mary was responsible for transporting troops; this element of her history can still be seen onboard the ship.
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