Following on from last week’s digital exhibition, we bring you the second installment of the SIRIUS Arts Centre’s ‘Royal Cork Yacht Club, Queenstown/Cobh, 1854-1966’, an exhibition organised to celebrate the three hundred year anniversary of the club. Again, thank you to our club archivist, Paul McCarthy, for his tireless efforts in putting this exhibition together with the Arts Centre.
ROYAL CORK YACHT CLUB, QUEENSTOWN/COBH, 1854-1966
The inscription on this trophy reads ‘Queenstown Annual Regatta 1885, Presentation prize 40 tons & under, won by “Carina” 15 tons, captained by J. Deane Esq.’ The race took place on the 13 August with Carina defeating Ilona (J.F. Dunn) and Drift (Captain S. Hodder).
The inscription on the lighter reads ‘To the Amicables, from I.S. Kelly (President) 30th April 1898. “So soon may I follow when friendships decay”’. The Amicables were a society of a social nature, presumably Royal Cork Yacht Club members as well, that met regularly at the clubhouse during the second half of the 19th century and probably into the early years of the twentieth century.
Courtesy of The Irish Newspaper ArchivesExcerpt from an article giving details of Royal Cork Yacht Club member Dr. Charles Tanner’s address to a rally in Nelsons Place (now Emmet Place), Cork City, following a demonstration against the visit to the city by the Prince of Wales that day. Tanner’s leading role in the demonstration and the remarks he made in public were at odds with the official stance of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, so his behaviour resulted in a special meeting of the committee and ultimately his expulsion from the organisation.
Carina was owned by Royal Cork Yacht Club member James Deane. The rating of a yacht determined its handicap for racing.
Norah O’Mahony, who worked at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, has on, for a joke, the uniform of the ‘buttons’ (porter) Jackie Davidson, who was responsible for delivering letters and carrying out other similar duties.
Norah O’Mahony (left) with a friend standing beside one of the canons outside the clubhouse. O’Mahony was from Skibbereen, County Cork and enjoyed three years working at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, waiting at tables and helping out with meals.
Damage inflicted by the MV Stream Fisher on the Royal Cork Yacht Club in December 1959. In the background, the tender Killarney beside the railway station.
Damaged bow of the ship after it collided with the Royal Cork Yacht Club deepwater quay wall in December 1959.