The Ariel Boat Club was chartered in 1864 and from that date was a viable, well-known, respected, and for some one of the most successful boat clubs in the country. A 1866 article in Harpers Weekly covered “The Baltimore Regatta” and in 1893 Rowing Guide referred to the Patapsco Navy as “Champions of America” and that the Ariel Boat Club had “plenty of muscle and grit in it.“
After World War II the Ariel Boat Club and other rowing clubs of the Patapsco Navy slowly faded out of existence. But the Charter for the Ariel Boat Club still existed even if the club itself was not functioning.
In the early 80s Samuel C.P. Baldwin (Sam), a Baltimore attorney whose son Sam, Jr. rowed at the University of Virginia, found the 1864 Charter for the Ariel Boat Club and use that Charter to form the Baltimore Rowing Club.
So “legally” BRC’s Charter date is 1864.
Sam Baldwin was a major influential figure in the formation of the modern-day BRC spending an enormous amount of time talking to the City and was instrumental in getting BRC organized, “reincorporated,” obtaining tax exempt ruling, etc.
From Sam Baldwin’s early efforts a lot of other people and events help shaped modern day BRC. Look for additional bits of history in the weeks to come.
Do You Know?
One of the gentlemen above served as a model for the sculpture below which is located in the great room of the upper floor of the boathouse. Do you know which of these gentlemen served as the model?