Letter to the Editor: Sally Sparks Reader’s Memoriesposted: 2/27/2014
For many years, Sally was a beautiful fixture in Newport Harbor and when I first became conscious of her existence, she was rumored to be owned by the big Savings & Loan mogul of Newport Savings & Loan and I believe, Home Savings & Loan. I do not recall his name at the moment. As I recall, Sally was kept at the Newport Savings facility at Lido close to Pioneer, a large schooner.
Sally was painted a beautiful soft green that came to be known as ‘Sally Green” and was marketed by one of the major paint companies under that name. I was so enamored by that color the color I painted my 22-foot Star boat that color.
Jascha Heifetz, a renowned violinist, lived in a secluded home at the north end of Newport Harbor Island. When he passed away the property somehow came into the possession of the Savings & Loan. The big mogul moved into the property and Sally, in all her grandeur, was moored there for what seemed to be many years.
Sally seemed to be well taken care of and beautifully maintained but was rarely sailed. Occasionally a crew was put together and she was sailed along with other classic yachts and was a beautiful sight.
When the big crash of the Savings & Loan industry occurred, Sally disappeared and the Harbor Island property was subdivided into four or five lots that nor have big luxury homes. Thanks for the article, Charles (Chuck) Boniols, Sea Tow Southern California Newport Beach Letter edited for clarity and brevity.