This sail-dotted lagoon-like bay was once a hide-out for Yankee smugglers. This was known as McFadden Landing who built the pier here for his vessel known as the Newport. James McFadden with his brother Robert embarked in the shipping business and built the Santa Ana and Newport Railroad that ran from Newport Wharf to Santa Ana. The old railroad right-of-way went through the present town of Costa Mesa. Today the Newport Bay is known for the boats that make this their home prt, boats that are known around the world where ever sailors meet.