Rowers Reunion

2007.96.1. Rowers Reunion held at the Museum of Transport, Bunhouse Road, Glasgow on 9th June 2007. Chaired by Sarah Bromage and Jo Anthony.

0100 Background to the Riverside Museum
0226 Conditions in present Museum and location of new museum
0336 Location of tall ships and events to be held at museum
0433 Stories behind artifacts at museum. Find of Bute Sharp
0700 Bute Sharp and condition of boat
0609 Type of seating on jollyboat with fixed seats
0702 Boats built for smaller men than nowadays. Seats staggered and partially overlapping
0822 City of Glasgow rowing club title was used by printers after they died out.
0934 At one time you had to be a printer to be a member of the Printer's club. However, later you didn't
0949 Willie Scott head of printers when they joined. Club changed constitution to have nothing to do with printers but this was close to the end of the club.
1013 Reformed as City of Glasgow
1027 Discussion of decline of the printing industry
1104 Discussion of Daily and letterpress printing and the unions.
1221 Discussion of involvement of McCorqudales
1240 New boat house in east house. New boathouse built in 1934.
1315 Discussion of jollyboats and Bute Sharp
1400 rowing promoted as health giving pastime
1513 SARA and gentlemans clubs. STARA are trades clubs. Trades were predominantly in trade unions including shipyards. Amalgamated in 1948 to form SARA.
1620 Used to be a rowing club every half a mile. Rowing club turned into bingo club and still a member of Scottish Rowing Association and in that way could maintain their licence.
1828 Great number of spectators. Chairs from People's Palace, possibly a thousand people watching.
1906 Trades race newspaper cutting from Trades Regatta on a Tuesday and Wednesday mid week and all the factories along the river had a holiday. In excess of 50,000 watching. Races were not amateur were professional. Bookies taking bets and brass band.
1951 Police keeping people off suspension bridge as too many people not safe.
2030 Location of Clyde and Clydesdale Rowing Club. Humane Society would hire out boats.
2100 Steps going down to the river. Geddes family in Humane Society.
2140 Jollyboats would start in a line row down to bridges and row back. Meant crowd would see start and finish which they could not do now. Jollyboats were short (25ft long) meant they could turn. 40 pounds for a boat.
2310 called a jollyboat. An old naval term, jolly 'go ashore for a jolly'. Jolly a small boat.
2417 Gentleman amateurs would row in longer boats to copy the longer boats of the English. Working class would stay with small boats that were easier to transport.
2522 When Printers changed from jollyboats they advertised 'The longboat regatta' to distinguish from jollyboats. Longboats 42 ft coxed fours and jollyboats shorter. Races won and lost going round buoys.
2607 Still race in jollyboats at Greenock. Sea going. Portobello Second Class. Jollyboats would not exist in open water. Bute Sharp First Class.
2730 One regatta racing against printers crew. Big wave helped them and they won by two lengths
2812 Printers Devils, origin of the term. Different names of different crews in the Printers. Peter Tweedie who was involved with the printers, active member of printers.
3021 Devils is also used by barristers, you devil for the barrister as the youngest
3143 Display of Bute Sharp in Museum
3225 First class is river boat
Happiness
3402 Use of Glasgow Green, common land
3456 Would train every night when new flats were being built, free floodlighting
3634 Cup for Printers Regatta. 3 boats raced together in river. Banks have slipped.
3744 River wider before the weir was built, put earth in to make the river narrower
4001 University side, steps for boat hiring in boathouse. Building subsiding now and in a state.
4102 Most rowers started in schools, schools postwar thing. Went when the teachers were on strike and would not support sporting activities
4229 Uniforms of different clubs. Star on rowers uniform in Clydesdale and Clyde. Link with rangers and link between rowers and football.
4402 Dark blue V and white shirt with collar was the uniform of the printers. Photograph of printer.
4510 Waverley Cup and the origins of race.
4540 At Stirling were not allowed short sleeves. Round necked were banned, managed to get buttons down the front and it evolved.
4640 Would wear pullovers and whatever else to keep warm on the water.

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