The Sutter

The San Joaquin Yacht Club in Bethel Island invites the community to visit the Sutter, a historic riverboat which they have restored and transformed into their clubhouse.

A celebration that began with a night of dinner and dancing eight months ago continues this summer as the San Joaquin Yacht Club (SJYC) celebrates the 20th anniversary of the relocation of the Sutter, Bethel Island’s historic riverboat landmark, which has been transformed into a clubhouse for the yacht club.

The relocation and transformation of the ship began on October 6, 1994, when members of the San Joaquin Yacht Club led a two-day undertaking to move the Sutter from Brannon Island to Bethel Island.

Two tugboats released dark plumes of smoke as they guided the riverboat to its new home, but the real work began six months prior.

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