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The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 19, 2013
1. The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club Marker
Inscription. The Dolphin Club, in cooperation with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, maintains this facility to accomodate it program of open water swimming and rowing in San Francisco Bay.

It was founded in 1877 as a small boat club at the water's edge at Bay and Leavenworth. In 1895 it moved into a new boathouse, now a portion of this building, at the foot of Van Ness. In 1938 it was moved, along with its neighbor the South End Rowing Club, to its present location, to make room for the Maritime Museum building. Throughout their history these clubs' activities have been instrumental in Aquatic Park as an active recreation area amid the city's press of modern urban growth.

Originally the Dolphin Club had twenty-five male members. Since 1976, it has included women members and, with its open membership policy, by 1989 membership has grown to over 800.

Since its founding, Dolphin Club members have built, used and maintained a fleet of traditional wooden rowing craft, passing the required skills among each other, while enjoying the adventure of rowing on the Bay.

In addition to providing access to swimming at Aquatic Park, the Dolphin Club sponsors for its members an annual race across the Golden Gate and other swims between landmark locations in the Bay.
 
Location.
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2012
2. The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club Insignia
37° 48.458′ N, 122° 25.29′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Jefferson Street west of Hyde Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 502 Jefferson Street, San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The South End Rowing Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Hyde Street Pier (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Ship into San Francisco Bay (about 500 feet away); Petaluma's Sternwheel (about 600 feet away); Andrea's Fountain (about 700 feet away); The Clock Tower (about 800 feet away); Fort Mason Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Liberty Ships – Born in World War II (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  The Dolphin Club - History. A history of the Dolphin Club from its founding in 1877, presented in timeline fashion. (Submitted on August 19, 2013.) 
 
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The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2012
3. The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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