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The South End Rowing Club

Since 1873 - San Francisco

 
 
The South End Rowing Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2012
1. The South End Rowing Club Marker
Inscription. The South End Rowing Club was founded on San Francisco Bay in 1873 by a group of rowing enthusiasts who gathered at Jimmy Farrell's Saloon at the southern end of the City near 3rd and Berry Streets.

The Club became a dominant power in the Pacific Coast rowing regattas and attracted many great West Coast athletes. The original clubhouse was a rough redwood structure, built near the Belt Line Railroad that serviced all the shipping piers of the old San Francisco waterfront.

In 1884, club members raised funds for a new clubhouse. A handball court was added to the boathouse, and the Club soon dominated the sport on the West Coast. In 1908, the clubhouse was ferried by barge from its original location to Black Point at the foot of Van Ness Avenue, between the Belt Line Railroad Tunnel and the old Angel Island service pier located just across from the City emergency fire pumping station.

In 1927, the clubhouse was moved again, this time to the foot of Larkin Street near the current location of the Maritime Museum in Aquatic Park. The clubhouse was moved one last time in 1938 to its current location at the foot of Hyde Street to make room for the construction of Aquatic Park. The original main clubhouse has survived every move, and lives on as a testimony to the devotion of the members of the South End Rowing Club.

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The South End Rowing Clubhouse and Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2012
2. The South End Rowing Clubhouse and Marker - wide view
End athletes have competed in many Olympic and international sporting events, including swimming the English Channel, but the Club welcomes everyone with an interest in rowing, open water swimming, handball and running. Club members also regularly swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco (typically clad only in swimsuits and bathing caps), row in regattas around the world, compete in marathons and long-distance running events and are renowned in the international handball community for championship play and world-class ornaments.

Over its long history, club members have accomplished extraordinary athletic feats - never losing sight of the fact that to be a South Ender is to love life, enjoy good food and drink, revel in the company of fellow members, throw great parties and be very glad to live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Location. 37° 48.461′ N, 122° 25.256′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Hyde Street, on the right when traveling west on Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 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. Steam Donkey Engine (within shouting distance of this marker); Triple-Expansion Steam Engine
The South End Rowing Club - since 1873 image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2012
3. The South End Rowing Club - since 1873
(within shouting distance of this marker); San Francisco Bay "Ark" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Hyde Street Pier (within shouting distance of this marker); Sanitation at Sea (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Tubbs Cordage Building (about 400 feet away); Tug Sea Fox (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted to the very westernmost corner of the building, mounted about face height.
 
Also see . . .  The South End Rowing Club homepage. (Submitted on November 25, 2012.)
 
Categories. Sports
 
The South End Rowing Club decorative window image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2012
4. The South End Rowing Club decorative window
The South End Rowing Club - view looking west image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2012
5. The South End Rowing Club - view looking west
Both the South End Rowing Club and the Dolphin Club (the conjoined building further west) are visible here.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 25, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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