Thursday, July 02, 2015
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California's Gold #1009 - FLYING FISH
Catalina has been famous for many things over the years, Glass BottomBoats,Buffalo and the Casino to name a few. But one of the strangest and most popularattractions has been the Flying Fish Boat Trip which has been transportingvisitors on nighttime journeys to watch Catalina's flying fish since the turn ofthe century.
In 1924 William Wrigley decided to build a boat just for Flying Fish Tours.The Blanche W. is a 64-foot long open-deck wooden boat named after Wrigley'sgranddaughter Blanche. The boat is still outfitted with its original pew-stylemahogany benches, which seats 98 passengers. The boat cruises the islandscoastline at night, attracting flying fish with two 40-million candle-powerW.W.I spotlights. The spectacle of the fish leaping out of the water has beencompared to giant silver dragonflies soaring over the ocean.
Huell travels back to Catalina for a very special 75th anniversary cruise.William Wrigleys granddaughter Blanche (for whom the boat was named) comes backto the island and shares some wonderful stories with Huell. We'll even take aclose up look at a flying fish and enjoy a wonderful night on the sea.
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