Boat House, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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sharon.corbet tells us that the building was erected in 1897 so I have adjusted the dates to reflect that fact.

There is a Titanic connection in that the building was opened in 1898 by Mrs W J Pirrie, wife of the managing director of Harland and Wolff; among the well-wishers was Mr Gustav Wolff, also representing Belfast craft of a larger size.

Our resident Oarsman (retired?) swordscookie Tells us "I was rowing in the late 60's and early '70's and before the Troubles Belfast was a key regatta as were Banbridge, Portadown and the Portora Head of the River! We were in Belfast in 1970 and changed, got our boats ready here! I remember it well but even more the Lagan course which was like a series of S hooks!"

The saddest note comes from robinparkes who posts his picture of the destroyed club house after a IRA bomb in 1972..


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: The Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Between 1897 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_05346

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    sharon.corbet

    • 11/Mar/2015 07:54:04

    It was only built in 1897 so the photo's after that. Unfortunately, it no longer exists as it was blown up in the 1970's.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 11/Mar/2015 08:08:11

    There's a 1936 photo with some of the history: This club house was opened in 1898 by Mrs W J Pirrie, wife of the managing director of Harland and Wolff; among the well-wishers was Mr Gustav Wolff, also representing Belfast craft of a larger size. The club was 23 years old, and had 300 members to share 'the delightful pastime of rowing'. The lower dock could accommodate the club's 'fleet' of 24 pleasure boats, but racing boats had to tie up at St John's Wharf. A speaker appealed to Belfast Council to complete the scene by building a dock in the Ormeau Park where it bordered the river. The band of the North Staffords provided the music, and the view shows that music was part of the arrangements in 1936.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 11/Mar/2015 08:18:42

    A picture of the boathouse after the bombing.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Mar/2015 08:30:03

    The boat club is still here, without this Boat House, on Lockview road. You can see oarsmen at work in this Bing aerial view.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Mar/2015 08:31:50

    The DIA says it was destroyed by fire and replaced in 1912.

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    robinparkes

    • 11/Mar/2015 08:38:02

    This is what happened to it in 1972 courtesy of the IRA. www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/11174809155/in/photolist-

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    sharon.corbet

    • 11/Mar/2015 09:00:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] I think the DIA entry is referring to the Commercial Rowing Club rather than this one, which is the Belfast Boat Club boathouse.

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    Swordscookie

    • 11/Mar/2015 09:43:56

    I was rowing in the late 60's and early '70's and before the Troubles Belfast was a key regatta as were Banbridge, Portadown and the Portora Head of the River! We were in Belfast in 1970 and changed, got our boats ready here! I remember it well but even more the Lagan course which was like a series of S hooks! By the way what are the two chimneys in the background for?

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    robinparkes

    • 11/Mar/2015 10:01:48

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie The Lagan meanders so much that the railway line crosses it twice between Yorkgate and Central stations. They could be brickworks for the OSI 6" map shows brickfields. The road beside the river is the Lockview Road, Stranmillis. The Vulcanite felt works would be behind the photographer. I worked there in 1967 - 8 and 1975 - 6.

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    John Spooner

    • 11/Mar/2015 17:08:06

    DId the 1897 boathouse replace an earlier one? An announcement in the Belfast News-letter of September 30 1896 says

    BELFAST BOAT CLUB THE BOAT HOUSE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON On SATURDAY, October 3rd. (By order) Fred H. Rogers, Hon. Secretary.

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    Swordscookie

    • 11/Mar/2015 17:57:55

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner That certainly seems to be the case John if your announcement is to be believed!

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 12/Mar/2015 00:52:32

    too bad it's gone, looks like a nice place

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    sean 31

    • 15/Mar/2021 14:08:42

    Anyone remember a band called the figgertys that played there in the 60 s