Rowing: an Oarsome Sport!
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Heather Parry (Learn to Row Co-ordinator)
October Learn to Row DatesSaturday 17th October 12:30pm - 2pm
This is how we take our boats to events all over the country, but it is a far cry from the 1930s when boats were far more robust and resources limited.
The pictures below have been kindly donated to the Club by Wendy Cain, whose father, Percy Cain, rowed for Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club in the 1930s. These are from July 1934 and our boats are loaded on the top of Cain Brothers wagons on their way to compete in the York Regatta.
Percy Cain was the brother of Arthur Cain who is mentioned in our Club history pages at Club History. Percy started rowing whilst working in London and in the early 1930s returned to Wallasey to help in the family coal merchant business, Cain Brothers, and it is believed he joined LVRC soon afterwards.
In later years, Percy often regaled his family with entertaining stories of the Club annual dinners in Liverpool which resulted in Vics being banned from many dinner venues in the city (though apparently, they always paid for the damage..…..!).
Cains of Wallasey were, in their time, probably Wallasey's leading coal merchants and were located at the junction of Cleveland Street and Duke Steet, so quite close to the location of the old club house which was on the Birkenhead side of the West Float. During the Second World War, our boats were stored at Cain Brothers and both Arthur and Percy Cain were instrumental in making this arrangement which ensured that most of the fleet survived the war years without deteriorating beyond repair.
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