The John A. Blaich Collection is comprised of four series:
Biographical Materials, Biographical Files, 1931-2002, General Subject Files,
1923-2003, Large Yachts of Newport before World War II Files, 1924-2002, and
Files, 1922-1994. The collection includes photographs, slides, notes,
newspaper clippings, copies of published materials, logs and
John A. Blaich was born on November 2, 1918. He grew up in Whittier, CA, but he spent
many summers at a family house on the Balboa peninsula. In 1935, Blaich was one of
thirty Sea Scouts to be hired as the crew of the M. S. Stranger. In six months, M.
S. Stranger visited Miami, Panama, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Cocas
Islands, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and San Diego, collecting animals for the San
Diego Zoo. Following his tour with Stranger, Blaich started the first sailing
instruction school in Newport Harbor in 1937. In 1941, the Newport Harbor Yacht club
hired him as the clubs’ first full-time sailing instructor. In 1942, he completed
his studies at the University of Southern California, receiving a degree in
6 document boxes; 2 linear feet, 5 inches.
The collection is open for research.