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Trace(s): The Vancouver Rowing Club

Trace(s): The Vancouver Rowing Club

1899: A shoreline of rowing and industry jostling for the limelight offers some of Coal Harbour’s most iconic moments

Coal Harbour has rowing glory writ large on its waters. From the year that Vancouver was incorporated there were rowing clubs competing along its shores. The two biggest rivals (Vancouver Boating Club and Burrard Inlet Rowing Club) decided to join up in 1899 and call themselves Vancouver Rowing Club. The chemistry spawned a sporting powerhouse. The club’s annual regatta drew hundreds to the ragged industrial south shore of the cove. Heroes were born and lore created from victories at Henley, the Olympics and British Empire Games.


From the City of Vancouver Archives


Credits

Written by: John Wellwood

Researched and Edited by: John Wellwood and Todd Smith

Visual Design: Todd Smith

Voice Over: Todd Smith

Trace(s): Cyclone Taylor and the Vancouver Millionaires

Trace(s): Cyclone Taylor and the Vancouver Millionaires

Trace(s): Max "Killer" Baer and the Final Night at Denman Arena

Trace(s): Max "Killer" Baer and the Final Night at Denman Arena

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