NEWPORT BEACH : WWII Salute at Newport Museum

A collection of Arthur Beaumont paintings and an assortment of wartime memorabilia are on display through Friday at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The museum, which recently relocated to the Pride of Newport riverboat in Lower Newport Bay, is including in the exhibit vintage photographs of shipbuilding and harbor operations that were part of the city’s wartime effort.

“We weren’t the center of harbor operations, but we did have a lot of activity going on during the war, and people weren’t aware of that,” said Jeffrey Littell, interim director of the museum at 151 E. Coast Highway.

The museum has 20 paintings on loan from the Beaumont family of Newport Beach. Beaumont, whose works depict warships in action, was the official artist of the U.S. Navy.


A scale model of the USS Missouri, the battleship on which Japan surrendered to the Allies in 1945, is also in the exhibit, on loan from the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro.