The thread that links it all

Time moves on and Gravesend Rowing Club is now over 130 years old. Despite the modern facilities and the changing face of the club over the years, a strong sense of history still endures. The two matched restricted fours used in scratch racing, Mermaid and Neptune, bear the same names as two of the three original boats owned by the club, and the Burgashell coastal four (purchased brand new in Spring 2006) was named Sunbeam in honour of the third. Another boat bought new at the same time (a lightweight double sculler) was named Pocahontas, partly for the local historical connection with Princess Pocahontas (the Native American wife of Englishman John Rolfe) and partly in memory of an earlier boat of the same name which was sold on many years before. After an informal naming ceremony in the summer of 2006, skiffers, scullers and rowers all took to the water together for a long social outing. Now established as an annual event, this solstice row is an opportunity to celebrate the inclusiveness of the sport in all its many guises and the fun of messing about on the water.

Much has changed since our founder members took to the water back in 1878, but the simple pleasure of rowing on the lower Thames lives on. As years go by and history unfolds behind us, Gravesend RC continues to thrive…