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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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons